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Police investigate possible connection between robbery, home invasion

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Harrisburg police believe there could be a connection between a robbery and an armed home invasion that occurred on the same night in close proximity.

Authorities said the first incident occurred around 12:05 a.m. on June 19 at South 18th and Swatara streets. According to the victims—two male Harrisburg residents, ages 41 and 58—they were attacked by two robbers who demanded their valuables.

One robber pointed a handgun at them, and one of the victims gave up his wallet and $8 cash. The robbers checked the wallet, which was empty, and threw it back.

The other victim didn't have anything of value to give. The victims turned to walk away, and the robber with the gun fired a shot at the ground near him, then shot one of the victims in the buttocks.

The injured victim was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment.

Ten minutes later, at around 12:15 a.m., police received a report of an armed home invasion on the 400 block of South 16th Street.

According to the 64-year-old victim, he was sitting at home when two robbers burst in. One robber had a handgun and pointed it at the victim's head. They demanded money, and the victim said he didn't have any.

The victim then grabbed for the gun, and a violent struggle ensued. The armed robber dropped the handgun briefly, but it was recovered as the robbers ran out of the house. The victim suffered contusions, but nothing was taken from him.

Descriptions of the robbers from both incidents were similar. Victims said the robber with the handgun was around 5-foot-7 with a medium build. During the robbery/shooting incident, he was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The victim of the home invasion said his attacker wore a white t-shirt.

The second robber was said to be 5-foot-10 and thin. The victim of the robbery/shooting incident said the taller robber was wearing a lime green sweatshirt. The victim of the home invasion said his attacker wore all-black clothing.

The investigation into these incidents continues. Anyone with information may contact police at 717-255-3114 or 717-558-6900.

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