Memphis Police are investigating a series of home invasions that left one woman raped and put a man in the hospital.
The robberies all happened within a matter of hours. Memphis Police have a special tracking system that caused them to link the three crimes together.
The first happened Thursday at 11:30p.m. on the 1000 block of Garland. Witnesses told police that two masked men, one with a sawed off shotgun and the other with a handgun, forced their way into a Frayser home. No one was injured, but they made off with cash.
The second home invasion happened in Hickory Hill at about 2:30a.m. Friday morning on Apple Blossom. Police say a suspect raped a woman there. Eric Alegria says a masked man with a sawed off shotgun and another man with a nightstick-type weapon assaulted several people and took their money. Police say the suspects stole a black Ford F-150 pickup with an extended cab. The same kind of vehicle used as a getaway truck in the third robbery.
Then, at 4:45a.m., Friday a woman was attacked in her driveway on Lehr. "They knocked my brother over the head," explained Paul Nguyen. He says two masked men, one with a rifle-type weapon, assaulted his brother and forced the victim inside their Whitehaven home. They took cash and a TV. Police say the crimes were to similar to ignore a link. "Each are describing 2 to 3 males. Each are masked and there's a vehicle that links two of them," explained Lieutenant Jeff Polk. He says getting to know your neighbors is the best defense against home invasion robberies. "Whether it's through a formal organization like Neighborhood Watch of informally just getting to know your neighbors."
Police say there's a fine line between nosey and neighborly and they would prefer you play it safe. Meanwhile, they continue to look for the suspects.
They're both believed to be driving a black Ford F-150.
At last check, the victim in that third home invasion was in critical condition.