UPDATE: New Information Released after Dunbar Home Invasion

By: Brooks Jarosz, Alex Snyder Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Alex Snyder Email

UPDATE 8/27/12 @ 4:35 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Driving down Moore Avenue in Dunbar, you can’t help but notice the warnings to potential criminals.

But in the early hours of Sunday, all the signs were ignored as four people pushed their way into a house and attacked two people inside.

"That really shocked me -- that someone would have the nerve to come in somebody's house like that and do that in that kind of neighborhood," said landlord Johnny Edwards, who rents out the house.

Edwards said he talked with the tenant on Sunday. He said the girl who lives there told him a girl knocked on the door. When she answered, more people appeared behind her and forced their way inside and proceeded to ransack the house.

"Tied up her boyfriend, I guess, shoved her to the ground and held her down, and they just went through all her belongings and, I guess, stole various items out of the house," Edwards said.

Police are not releasing much information as the investigation unfolds.

"We believe this to be an isolated incident. I don't think there's any reason for citizens in that area to worry," Dunbar Police Chief E.E. Whittington said.

Even so, neighbors are making sure they keep an eye on each other.

"That really scares you. Not knowing with your kids. I mean, not seeing no activity but you just don't know," an unidentified neighbor said.

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UPDATE 8/27/12 @ 1 p.m.
DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Residents and police are on high alert after a home invasion in Dunbar over the weekend.

Police say three men and a woman broke into a home on the 1200 block of Moore Avenue early Sunday morning.

Investigators say they took cash and several other items.

Police also say a woman who was in the home reported that she was sexually assaulted during the break in.

The intruders left the home in a light green station wagon.

Call the Dunbar Police if you have any information.

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ORIGINAL STORY 8/26/12
DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in Dunbar say they're living in fear following recent break-ins and burglaries surrounding several city blocks.

The most recent was early Sunday morning, leaving many wondering not if but when another may occur.

Metro 911 tells WSAZ.com the most recent report came in early Sunday in the 1200 block of Moore Avenue.

Dispatchers say it was a prowler alert and someone was trying to invade a home.

Police are not releasing many details and calls went unreturned Sunday.

However, it's forced neighbors to lose sleep and stay alert. One neighbor says in recent weeks, three separate homes were broken into including his.

"It's really angering because everyone here works really hard for what they have and they don't have a lot to begin with," neighbor Craig Watkins said. "So for someone to come and take that its very troubling and personally I was really upset because my wife was so scared after it happened."

Police say the best advice is to lock your doors and windows and don't keep anything in plain sight.

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