Crown Point family reports home invasion
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent April 20, 2013 2:04PM
Updated: May 22, 2013 7:06AM
CROWN POINT — No one was injured Friday after armed men broke into a home in the 10300 block of Nelson Street and held the occupants captive in a bathroom while they ransacked the residence.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the break-in that began some time before 7 p.m. Friday in the home of Anser Mehmood, according to Patricia Van Til, public information officer for the sheriff’s department.
Mehmood told police he was home with his family when three black males, two wearing ski masks, opened the front door and walked into his residence. The men displayed handguns and demanded each family member surrender their cellphone and wallet.
The men ordered the family into an upstairs bathroom of the home. One of the suspects guarded the door while the other two ransacked the home, according to the release.
Mehmood, his wife and his two children, ages 11 and 14, were confined to the bathroom during the ordeal. No injuries were reported.
Mehmood told police he exited the bathroom after a short time after it seemed as though the three men had left the home. He went to his neighbor’s house and asked them to call 911.
Lake County Police Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene.
Police are asking anyone with information about the break-in to contact Detective Sgt. Ed Jenkins at (219) 755-3346 or 3334. Anonymous information may also be left on the Report a Crime Tip Line at (800) 750-2746.