Police Pursue Armed Robbery Suspects

Police in Luzerne County said Monday a man was tied up in his own home, then robbed before the alleged robbers stole the man’s car and shot at police.

Police said the robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in Hanover Township near Wilkes-Barre. The men then led police on a two-county chase.

Police said this is likely not a random incident. They believe the victim was targeted, but they not saying why.

It all began just about 9:15 p.m. Sunday on Church Street in Hanover Township.

“I think it’s terrible. This is a wonderful area, great neighborhood. It’s scary. It’s absolutely scary,” said neighbor Jill Bienas.

She can’t believe what Hanover Township police said took place in her neighborhood. She lives only a few doors away from where the man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint inside his home.

Police said the victim reported he had just arrived home and started to unload groceries when a man put a gun in his side and ordered him in his home.

The gunman tied up the victim when another intruder arrived at his home. The two stole electronics and were inside for about an hour and a half.

Police said the two robbers stole the victim’s Ford Focus and left the area. The victim freed himself and called police.

Wilkes-Barre police said they spotted the car in the city and chased it and that’s when the two men inside fired shots at the city police. No one was injured.

Police report the car was recovered in Thornhurst, Lackawanna County but the robbers got away.

Bienias said neighbors are scared. “It’s a great neighborhood to live in. It’s one of the last few safe neighborhoods around and now to have this happen it’s a violation,” she added.

Police said one of the robbers is a black man, about 6 feet tall, 190 to 200 pounds, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. There is no description available on the other intruder.



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