Home invasion robbery probed

Police said $1,200 was stolen from three people who were held at knifepoint

A home invasion robbery where three people were held at knifepoint remains under investigation.

Logan Township Police Chief Tim Mercer said Tuesday investigators believe the home on Grandview Road that was hit by two masked men with knives was targeted and that no residents in the area are in danger.

Police said $1,200 in cash was stolen from one of the three people in the house at 474 Grandview Road, where two black males wearing dark-colored clothing, partially covered faces and gray cotton gloves crawled through a window about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and robbed a 21-year-old male student from New Hope.

“We believe the one particular victim was the target of this crime,” Mercer said. “When these individuals entered the residence, they asked for this particular victim by name.”

According to police, the two men entered the house, bound a 21-year-old male student from Stroudsburg they encountered in his first floor bedroom with a belt and placed a knife against his neck. Police said the bound student was asked the whereabouts of the 21-year-old from New Hope and when the two robbers were told he was upstairs, they put the bound 21-year-old alone in an upstairs room.

It was then the pair of robbers confronted the 21-year-old student from New Hope along with a 19-year-old female student from Jamison in their bedroom, police said.

The two robbers allegedly threatened the two students with knives, and after getting $1,200 from the 21-year-old student from New Hope, they ran from the house.

The 21-year-old student from New Hope told police he fired three rounds from his Glock handgun into the ground after the men fled in an attempt to keep them from coming back. Police said officers recovered three 9 mm shell casings and the student’s handgun was collected as evidence.

The three students suffered minor injuries, including scratches and cuts to their throats from the robbers’ knives.

Mercer said police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed something about 3:30 a.m. in the area of the home invasion to call police.

Mercer said investigators returned to the home Tuesday to talk again with the victims in the incident. Mercer said investigators were hoping to get more details of the robbery now that the students have had time to calm down, noting people often have difficulty recalling details directly after a traumatic incident.

Mercer said Logan Township police are working with Penn State Altoona officials given the victims were students and pointed out the campus community was informed of the incident.

“We did put out an informational briefing to let them know what occurred,” Mercer said.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.