The Lethbridge Regional Police Service continues to investigate a home invasion where two men appear to have targeted the wrong home.
Wednesday at approximately 11:57 a.m., two masked males entered a residence along the 400 block of Stafford Bay North and confronted an 18-year-old male occupant. One of the males produced a handgun and pointed it at the victim, then struck him in the face. Both males subsequently fled the home. The victim was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.
According to a LRPS press release, the investigation to date suggests the assailants entered the wrong home. The victim is not known to police, nor has the home been associated to any criminal activity.
“The evidence suggests these two individuals were looking for specific people, but got the wrong house,” said Staff Sgt. Ian Sanderson. “While the crime itself was targeted, the reality is an innocent person was assaulted in his own home because these individuals made a mistake and went to the wrong place. The level of violence we tend to see in home invasions is always a concern to us, and even more so in this case given the aggravating circumstances.”
The first subject is described as a caucasian male, about 5’8 to 5’10, with a big head, blue eyes, a pointy noise and stocky build. He was wearing a black balaclava, shiny black coat with dirty, white fur trim around the hood, blue jeans and white cotton winter gloves.
The second subject is described as a taller black male wearing a balaclava, blue coat with a hoodie, black winter gloves and a silver bracelet.
A suspicious vehicle described as a “clean” grey/silver van was also observed in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.