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Armed robbers invade home, pistol-whip man

Similar crimes reported four hours apart Saturday night

KINGMAN - Police are investigating two armed robbery home invasions that occurred four hours apart Saturday night.

Kingman Police Lt. Rusty Cooper said police can't confirm that the invasions are related but in both cases, homeowners said they were confronted by two suspects, one armed with a handgun, the other armed with a shotgun or rifle.

The first incident took place around 7:15 p.m. in the 1900 block of Kingman Avenue. Cooper said the two suspects entered a trailer through an unlocked front door and began demanding items. They pistol-whipped the 64-year-old homeowner before leaving in an unknown vehicle.

The second incident took place about 10:40 p.m. around three miles away in the 500 block of Simon Avenue. In that case, a 56-year-old man was at home with his 54-year-old girlfriend when there was a knock at the door. Cooper said two suspects wearing ski masks forced their way inside after the door was opened and assaulted the male homeowner.

Cooper said police are looking into whether the two incidents are connected. He said that the homes don't appear to be randomly targeted since the suspects seemed to know what they were looking for. He advised residents to exercise extra caution, keep their front doors locked and utilize deterrents such as exterior lighting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact KPD at (928) 753-2191 or report anonymously by calling Mohave Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.

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