Masked trio sought in weekend home invasion

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It happened on the night before Halloween, but this wasn't a trick or a treat. Memphis police say three men wearing masks and dark clothing forced their way through the back door of a home on Southern Ave Saturday night.

"This is the first time I heard about this, so I'm kinda shocked right now," said Cory Major, a next door neighbor, in an interview Monday with Action News 5.

Major was unaware of what happened to his neighbors, who he believes are students at the University of Memphis.

"I know that there are some gentlemen who live across, but I'm not familiar with who they are," said Ashley Ryan, who also lives in the neighborhood.  "I just saw a lot of police cars, crime scene and a gold Taurus parked right here."

Once inside the home, police said, the armed suspects attacked the men, shooting one in the leg, and pistol whipping another.

All of the victims were bound with duct tape and robbed.  After breaking free from their restraints, police said, the trio ran to a nearby Circle K to call for help.

Action News 5 knocked on the front door Monday evening to see if anyone was home, but there wasn't an answer.  According to Major, even though the windows are boarded, people live in the home.

"To be honest, I thought that was more of a security system, to have your windows boarded up," he said.

But in this case, boarded windows and bars on the doors were enough to stop an attack on the men inside.

According to police, the two men who were injured in the attack were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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