Five men burst into a female's apartment on Edgewood Street impersonating Hartford police officers and robbed her cellphone at gunpoint after possibly breaking into the wrong apartment, police said.
A female victim told police she heard banging on her back apartment door while she was home alone and she went to check it out. Then five masked and armed men burst in after forcing the door open, yelling "Hartford Police," according to police. They ordered the resident to the ground and tied her up on the floor as she cooperated, police said.
As she lay there, she heard one of the men say they were in the wrong apartment. They took her cell and left.
Police responded at 8:45 p.m. Saturday to 36 Edgewood Street, Apt. 3. A Major Crimes unit detective responded there to investigate.
The apartment next door was burglarized while the tenant wasn't home, police later discovered.
Meanwhile, the home invasion and armed robbery has struck fear among people living in the apartment complex.
“Very scary. You know when it’s close to home and we have kids," Shacara Walker, of Hartford, said.
Walker is a friend of the victim and said "she's okay but pretty shaken up."
"It's just too close to home. It makes you think a lot, especially when you have kids and we shouldn't have to go through that."
The armed home invaders remain at large.