PATERSON, NJ - Police are investigating a pair of home invasions that occured during the daytime hours in the city this week with occupants inside the residences.
On Wednesday, a 36-year-old man was robbed and pistol-whipped in his own home at around 3:45 p.m. in the 40 block of Park Avenue. According to Lt. Bert Ribeiro, the man heard a banging at his front door and, when he opened the door, two males forced their way inside the home.
The suspects, who were wearing masks, demanded money and rummaged through the house for valuables. One of the suspects had a handgun and struck the resident of the home in the back of the head with it. After stealing cash, the two suspects fled. The victim's injuries did not require medical attention.
On Thursday, a female who was home alone in the 200 block of 8th Avenue was in her basement when she heard noise upstairs at around 11 a.m. She came upstairs and encountered two men who had broken into the home. One of the suspects covered the woman's head with a bed sheet to obstruct her view, and the suspects fled the home shortly after that.
The victim was not injured, and it is not clear what, if anything, was taken from the home.
Both home invasions are still being investigated, but Ribeiro said there is a strong possiblity the two cases are not related.
"The suspects (in the two incidents) definitely had a different M.O. (modus operandi)," Ribeiro said. "In the second case, there was no weapon. It appears that may have been a burglary where the two suspects just got spooked when they realized someone was home."