Police searching for three suspects in home invasion

Police are looking for three men they say held a Juniata man at gunpoint inside his home.

Altoona police Lt. Jeffrey Pratt said the home invasion robbery started at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of West 11th Avenue with a knock on the door.

A man, described as a 5 feet 8 inches tall, light-skinned black male, asked to use the phone, and once inside the home, two other men appeared, Pratt said. The other two suspects are also described as light-skinned black men, with one standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall.

“By all indications, the three perpetrators believed there was money to be had at this particular residence,” Pratt said. The three men, who donned ski masks and gloves, held a gun on the resident and demanded the money.

When the resident, a male in his 30s, couldn’t comply, the three masked men took turns holding a gun on him and ransacked the house, according to police.

Pratt said at one point they pressed the gun to the back of his head and told him, “You better hope we don’t find any [money], or you’re dead.”

The resident was also struck several times in the back of the head, either with a closed fist or an object, possibly the handgun, police noted. The man’s hands and feet were duct taped, Pratt said, and the three masked men hauled off various electronics from the home, including a gaming console. After the men left, it took 20 minutes for the resident to free himself to call police.

Officers are asking anyone with information about the home invasion robbery to call Altoona police at 949-2489.