MONTREAL – Police are investigating two violent home invasions that took place overnight, one in Lachine and the other in LaSalle.
The first incident happened around 1 a.m. when three hooded suspects forced their way into a 53-year-old man’s apartment on George V Avenue, near Saint-Antoine Street in Lachine.
“The neighbour called 911 to say he needed some help,” said Benoit Boisselle with Montreal police.
“They threatened the victim with a firearm and hit him on his upper body.”
The man was beaten with a blunt object, while two of the suspects rifled through the apartment.
The assailants fled on foot with a wallet and credit cards.
Half an hour later, in LaSalle, four hooded suspects entered an apartment on Bergevin Street, near Des Oblats Street.
“The 48-year-old victim got injured on his head by a blunt object and he got threatened by a firearm,” said Boisselle.
The robbers took his wallet and cannabis plants.
“The suspects left the blunt object and the firearm on the scene and fled by foot,” said Boisselle.
The victims were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Investigators remain on both scenes to gather evidence and determine the circumstances surrounding the events.
“Investigators are still working to see if they are related,” Boisselle told Global News.
The two home invasions are being treated as separate events.