A rural Brazil man was injured today during an alleged home invasion that occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m.
Although details are sketchy due to the preliminary stages of the investigation, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division at the Indiana State Police Terre Haute Post are investigating the crime scene, 8843 N. County Road 500 West, Brazil, located in northwestern Clay County.
The case is being investigated by lead ISP Detectives Sam Stearley and Chris Carter with assistance from ISP detectives Sergeant Troy Stanton, Tony Guinn, CSI technician Andy Lohrman and members of the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
According to an ISP press release, the tenants, an unidentified teenage couple and their 10-month-old son, were awakened around 3:30 a.m. by an unknown male knocking on the front door.
When the 17-year-old male tenant answered the door, the man requested to use "jumper cables" for his stranded auto. The man was told none were available, and then he asked to use a phone to call for help.
While the unknown male was given a cell phone, two other unknown males entered the home.
At some point, it was reported that two of the men attacked the male tenant with a blunt object while a third male confined the female in another room by allegedly displaying a handgun.
The suspects removed several electronic items from the home and went through the contents of the female victim's purse before leaving the home.
The only description available for the suspects' vehicle is that it was a dark colored 4-door, possibly an Oldsmobile Alero or similar type. No license plate information is available.
Suffering from head lacerations during the beating, the male tenant was treated and released from St. Vincent Clay Hospital. The female tenant and child were reportedly not injured during the incident.
Officials have released preliminary details about the three suspects, including:
* The first suspect (who was unmasked) is described as being a white male in his early 20s, with dark hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt,
* The second suspect (who was masked) has been described as being a 5-foot-9-inch tall white male, approximately 150 pounds, in his late teens or early twenties. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark ski mask and allegedly in possession of a gray handgun, and
* The third suspect (who was masked) has been described as being a white male wearing a dark ski mask and carrying a handgun.
Anyone with information relative to this case should contact Indiana State Police Detectives Sam Stearley or Chris Carter at 812-299-1153.