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Man Wakes Up to Home Invasion


Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Jemon Haskins

Lynchburg, VA - The search is on for five men suspected in a rash of home invasions Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Lynchburg police say they don't appear to be random, but all three happened in different areas of the city in a matter of hours.

Cody Ott says he woke up around midnight to three men storming into his upstairs bedroom. He says they were not wearing masks, so he's sure he's never seen them before. But if he sees them again, he'll know.

"They came in, put the knife to my chest, pushed me back to here," Ott said, motioning to the back of his bed.

"I said, 'Take whatever you want. Take whatever you want. Take whatever you want,'" he recalled.

It was the second of three home invasions in one night. Lynchburg police say around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, one happened on the 2300 block of Florida Avenue.  An hour later, another on the 8100 block of Timberlake Road. And one hour after that -- another happened on the 400 block of Harrison Street.

Police say in all three cases, armed men confronted residents and demanded property.

"We're still trying to determine if all these individuals were potentially involved in all three or whether they were completely separate incidents," said Captain Ryan Zuidema.

Police are looking for five men described as young and black. One of them was wearing a ski mask and had shoulder-length dreadlocks.  Police are also looking for a green Ford or Mercury that may have been used in the crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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