Police are pleading for the public’s help in identifying two men who allegedly assaulted and robbed an elderly brother and sister in their Lowell, Massachusetts home early Friday morning.
Officers responded to a call of a breaking and entering at 3:41 a.m. on 70 Fifth Avenue. At the scene, the victims told police they were woken up by two men demanding money before they were allegedly assaulted. Both victims suffered visible minor injuries and were hospitalized, according to Lowell police.
The men fled the home through the front door and although they left without taking any money, the victims’ blue 2007 Infinity was stolen, officials said. The vehicle has since been recovered.
Neighbors who woke up to the police activity say they never see much happening at the yellow house.
"Mostly, they keep to themselves. They are never a bother or anything like that," said neighbor Reid Homer. "I kind of figured something was happening around here with just the amount of cruisers that were on the streets."
An investigation states the suspects entered the home by breaking a screen window and entering an open inner door. The suspects were dressed in black and wearing face masks.
Neighbor Diane Swindells said she always felt safe in her home but after this incident, she's not so sure.
"I’m thinking about seriously getting some home security systems," Swindells said.
Homer said police have asked neighbors for help in the investigation.
"They asked me if I had any surveillance footage that might catch what happened over there. I said, 'Unfortunately, no,'" Homer said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is encouraged to contact the Lowell Police Department at 978-937-3200 or Criminal Investigation Division at 978-674-4501.