2 men tie up Hampstead resident, leave, saying it was wrong house

September 20, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

State police have no clues to the motives or identity of two men who pushed their way into a Hampstead house yesterday and tied up the homeowner.

Troopers said the homeowner, who lives in the first block of Houcksville Road, was not injured and freed himself before calling them about 1 a.m. Police did not release the man's name.

According to the man, he heard his screen door open and went to investigate. He was confronted by two men wearing ski masks and gloves, police said.

One carried a shotgun. The two shoved the man back into his house, ordered him to lie on the floor and tied his hands behind his back, police said.

One said, "You know why we are here," and the other briefly searched the house before saying they were in the wrong house, the resident told police.

The men left without taking anything.

Anyone with information may call Sgt. Bruce Smith or Cpl. Andy Winner at the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police at 410-848-3111.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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