Police are investigating two violent home invasions in Blackburn Hamlet earlier this week in which two black-clad men held residents captive as they ransacked their homes for money and valuables.
In both cases, the men forced their way through locked doors in the middle of the night, police said.
The first occurred on Aug. 7 at 3 a.m., when the men broke through the locked door of an apartment in the 2000-3000 block of Innes Road. The invaders confined the occupant while the searched for valuables.
The occupant was shaken up, but not injured.
Three days later and just one kilometre away, home invaders struck again, forcing their way through the locked door of home and forcibly confining two residents “for an extended period of time,” police said. They made off with property and cash.
One of the victims suffered minor injuries after being assaulted with a weapon.
Both men were white, English-speaking and were dressed in black.
The first suspect is described as 20-30 years old, stood about five feet six inches to five feet eight inches tall and had a slim build. The second is in the same age range, but taller, between five feet 10 inches and six feet, and had a heavier build.
Police advise Blackburn Hamlet residents to be vigilant after dark and to report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the police non-emergency line at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300.
Anyone with information about the home invasions is asked to call the Ottawa police robbery unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.