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Police say men broke into apartment, assaulted woman

Two men forced their way into a Concord apartment yesterday, assaulting a female and taking money before they left, the police said.

The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. at an apartment complex at 58 Branch Turnpike, according to the police, who said the men broke in through a locked back door. Those individuals – described as wearing jeans, dark hooded sweatshirts and light-colored ski-masks – had not been found by the police several hours later, and Lt. Timothy O’Malley said the public should be watchful considering the brazen nature of the home invasion.

“The fact that this happened at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, the fact it happened in a fairly large apartment complex, and given the nature of the incident, we are concerned,” he said.

O’Malley said the police were initially notified by a neighbor who thought two people in the apartment were having a domestic dispute. Officers who arrived at the scene a few minutes later, though, found the 24-year-old victim, who was extremely distraught, O’Malley said. The woman was treated at her home for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers last night were still piecing together what happened, but O’Malley said it appears the men were only in the apartment for a few minutes. When an officer arrived at the home three minutes after the first call, the men were gone.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

“If anybody saw anything, even before, even if it was right before it, something suspicious, somebody suspicious, please call us,” O’Malley said. “It may not have seemed important at the time but we would be interested in that.”

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or
tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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