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Masked men armed with hammer, gun force way into elderly couple’s home

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CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities say two masked men forced their way into a Chippewa Township home and demanded money from two older residents around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cpt. Doug Hunter with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said the young male suspects were wearing dark clothing, masks and gloves, while also brandishing weapons.

They entered the house in the 12000 block of Black Diamond Rd by smashing a sliding glass door.

“One was armed with a handgun and the other intruder was armed with a hammer,” said Cpt. Hunter.

The suspects demanded money from the couple, who are in their 70s, but they said they didn’t have any cash.

The husband then walked past the suspects to the garage while his wife thwarted the would-be robbers' attempts to steal her purse.

“She pulled the purse away,” said Cpt. Hunter. “The intruders were somewhat stunned by that and walked out of the house and drove away.”

A dark-colored pick-up truck was reportedly waiting down the street on Black Diamond Rd and used as a getaway vehicle.

Cpt. Hunter said neither the residents, nor suspects were hurt which was lucky because many Wayne County citizens have their own guns including the couple targeted in this case.

“And they’re within their rights to use deadly force when intruders make entry into a home,” said Cpt. Hunter.

Anyone with information about the dark-colored pick-up truck or two suspects thought to be in their 20s is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 330-287-5763.