The Yuma Police Department is asking residents to be extra cautious when they hear a knock on their door late at night. This is following two armed robberies in Yuma where suspects forced their way inside after the victim answered the door.
Police are investigating the two armed robberies that happened within a week of each other. As of now police say the two incidents are not connected, but suspect in each case are still missing
The first robbery occurred Sunday night at around 11 p.m. near 10th avenue and 11th street. Two suspects carrying a handgun knocked on a residents door and foced themselves inside the home when the resident opened the door. Sgt. Lori Franklin with the Yuma Police Department says, “They heard the doorbell ring, when the residents of the house went to open the front door the two Hispanic males were standing there. They had a handgun and forced their way in.” The victims were held at gunpoint while the suspects stole items from the home and a victim’s vehicle. “They got the victims put in a locations told them not to move. They took the items they wanted and left the residence,” said Franklin.
The second armed robbery was Wednesday morning around 3:30 a.m. when the same situation happened. Three suspects knocked on someones door and charged in when they answered. Police say one of the suspects was carrying a knife, “They assaulted the victim. They bound them up, they took items from inside, then fled the area leaving the victim bound.” The victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital to be treated.
Police say both incidents could have been avoided, “Please use caution and good judgement when you are answering the door. If you are not expecting anybody if it’s late at night or an odd time of the day please use extreme caution when you are answering the door. We just don’t want to see anyone else get hurt.”