Police say men robbed elderly couple at gunpoint in Merrillville

2011-09-12T18:00:00Z 2011-09-13T10:25:07Z Police say men robbed elderly couple at gunpoint in MerrillvilleBy Chas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
September 12, 2011 6:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville police are searching for three men who reportedly robbed an elderly couple at gunpoint Friday and later barricaded the victims in a bedroom in their home.

Merrillville police Sgt. Jeff Rice said the men, between the ages of 30 and 40, forced entry into the Hendricks Street home about 3:45 p.m.

Rice said the men demanded money while pointing guns at the homeowners. He said the suspects then ransacked the home looking for cash.

Rice said the men forced the homeowners into a bedroom and barricaded it using furniture and other items before fleeing the residence. The men drove away in a dark green Dodge station wagon with no license plate, police said.

Jim Lilley, Merrillville's chief of detectives, said one of the homeowners managed to escape the room and call police from a neighbor's house.

Rice said the men took items from the home, but the detective would not disclose what they were.

The homeowners were not seriously hurt and did not seek medical attention, he said.

Anyone with more information about the situation can contact Rice at (219) 769-3531.

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