Watertown police investigate armed home invasion

WWNY Watertown police investigate armed home invasion

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Watertown City Police are investigating an armed home invasion that sent one person to the hospital Tuesday night.

City police said multiple masked intruders entered the home at 508 Cooper Street at around 10:20 p.m.

Police said a weapon was displayed and items were stolen, but wouldn't disclose further details.

According to police, one person suffered a cut to the head and was taken to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment. The person was later released.

Police said the intruders fled on foot.

No arrests have been made, but police said there are persons of interest who will be interviewed.

Neighbors said they aren't surprised, claiming an uptick in crime in the area over the last several months.

"It's not safe anymore in this neighborhood. We've actually been talking about selling. In the meantime, we have cameras and I know a lot of the neighbors around here have gotten cameras too just to protect our families," said Candy Smith, who lives in the neighborhood.

It wasn't a shock to Smith when police came to her porch asking to see her camera footage following the home invasion.

Donna Cook grew up on Davidson Street. She says since she moved there in 1979 with her family, it has changed - and not for the better.

"You can't trust your kids to play outside by themselves anymore, or ride their bikes like you used to be able to. The rule was, when the street lights came on, that's when we had to come in. And now you don't even see kids playing outside by themselves anymore," she said.

And it's not just the kids she's worried about.

“My dad’s going to be by himself. It scares me to have him alone in the house by himself because he’s older,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Watertown Police Department.

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