Two Violent Home Invasions in Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Two Violent Home Invasions in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane father who was protecting his children from armed intruders Tuesday night is now recovering from a bullet shot to his leg.

Spokane Police said intruders forced their way into a home on the 900 block of E. Princeton, in North Spokane, just past 11 o'clock Tuesday evening. Three adults and two children were at home at the time when, at some point during the robbery, the homeowner stepped in front of his kids and was shot in the upper left leg, according to police.

The father was taken to hospital and is expected to be okay. Police don't believe this was a random attack and said the father was uncooperative.

Investigators brought in a K-9 unit as well as set up a perimeter up in the area. However, at this point they have no weapon or suspect description.

About an hour later and across town, intruders forced their way into a home on the 4400 block of E 46th, at the top of Spokane's South Hill.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said two gunmen forced their way into the home just after midnight on Tuesday and held everyone at gunpoint. The homeowners told KHQ that the men stole two safes with cash and change inside from their mother-in-law's bedroom.

Six victims were in the house at the time including five adults and one grade school-aged child, according to Chamberlin. The homeowners also said one of the robbers beat up one of the victims. They described the suspects as wearing masks and gloves and carrying large weapons that they believed could have been sawed-off shotguns.

For safety reasons, the homeowners did not want to go on camera but told KHQ the robbery happened in less than 45 seconds. They said the men came into the home, knew exactly where to go, held everyone at gunpoint, got the safes, beat someone up, and left.

The homeowners added that they believed this was the second time the criminals tried to rob them. The night before, one homeowner said people were banging on the door and trying to get in.

KHQ talked to several neighbors in the area. They said they were surprised to hear about an invasion since it's a very quiet, nice neighborhood.

So far, investigators do not believe the two home invasions are connected.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is investigating. If you know anything about these crimes, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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