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Hedgesville man beaten, threatened in home invasion

April 09, 2013

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Berkeley County officials continue to search for two men who forced their way into a Hedgesville residence and threatened the homeowner with a handgun Monday night, according to a news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., two men forced their way into the residence at 2381 Cherry Run Road, where they threatened the homeowner — a 56-year-old man — with a handgun and threw him to the ground where he was repeatedly hit and kicked, the release said.

The men told the homeowner he was going to be taken outside and shot. When the men forced the homeowner outside, he was able to flee on foot to a neighbor’s house, according to the release.

The neighbor contacted 911 to report the robbery, but the intruders fled before deputies arrived, the release said.

The victim was transported to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he was treated for his injuries and released.

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The victim described the intruders as white males who had their faces concealed by “balaclava style” face masks (ski masks with holes for eyes and mouth), the release said. The victim additionally said he believed the men, who were wearing dark clothing, were in their late 20s or early 30s.

According to the release, investigators are still attempting to determine whether anything was stolen from the residence.

Anyone with information can call Sgt. B.F. Hall of the Criminal Investigations Division at 304-267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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