SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Springfield police are investigating two home invasions that occurred in the overnight hours.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that first occurred in the Forest Park neighborhood at 98 Draper Street at around 1:30 Tuesday morning.
There, police found a 40 year old man who said that he and his three children were in the living room when they heard the door being smashed-in. They headed upstairs to the attic with their cell phones, where they called 9-1-1 for help.
A neighbor saw two African American men in hooded sweatshirts leaving the house in a gray Honda with a partial plate number.
According to Delaney, the same family had been the victims of a home invasion on May 15, and described their attacker as a black man with the same description.
The information led police to Cloran Street, where a vehicle matching the neighbor’s description was found in the driveway of 157 Cloran. Delaney says that police then saw a man matching the suspect’s description running away to a house next door. Officers surrounded the house, and arrested Floyd Johnson, 40, who lives at 157 Cloran Street. He was brought back to Draper Street, where he was identified as the the person they were looking for.
He is being charged with home invasion while armed with a shotgun. Delaney says that additional charges could be coming. There is no word at this time on a second suspect.
Meanwhile, a second home invasion occurred in the Boston Road neighborhood at 152 Davenport Street, at the corner of Angelo Street, just after 1:00 A.M. Delaney says that arriving police officers found men, aged 41 and 44, on the front porch of the home. Delaney says that five masked, armed men kicked in their back door and came in, beat them, and tied them up with duct tape. The invaders then took methadone and oxycodone from the house, as well as a plasma TV and about $1,100 in cash.
Neither of the victims of that home invasion had to be taken to the hospital.
Delaney says that police collected evidence from a nearby wooded path, where the victims said they believed the invaders used to approach the house.
He says that they are following up on “very good leads,” and hope to make arrests soon.
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