Home invasion investigation continues
Laura Chesner Staff Writer [email protected] Starting last week, Hearne residents reported home invasions by a group of armed males. One of the first reports came during the weekend of the Fair. One Hearne resident reported that four men wearing hoodies and masks forced their way through his front door. The victim says that one of the suspects pulled out a pistol and held it to his head as the three others ransacked his home. His three-year-old little girl was sound asleep in another room. “I wanted to do something about it, but I didn't know if the gun was loaded or not, and I didn't know if he was going to shoot me, or shoot her,” he said. “I was helpless,” said the victim who preferred to remain anonymous. Since the initial break-in, others have been reported in Hearne and Hearne Police have been taking a pro-active role in the investigation. Sergeant Stephen Yohner is heading up the investigation into these home invasions. Hearne police made one arrest in the last week for burglary of a habitation and another warrant has been filed for an arrest of another suspect. DNA samples have been taken from the crime scenes as well as fingerprints and other evidence that HPD hopes will lead to more arrests. Sgt. Yohner would also like to remind Hearne residents that The Hearne Police Department has a Facebook page. The HPD has been using their Facebook page to communicate with citizens. People can leave anonymous tips through the message feature of their page and HPD officers can keep citizens informed of emergency situations.