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Norwalk Home Invasion Target Offers $10K Reward

NORWALK, Conn. – A man whose family was traumatized in a home invasion last week says he doesn't know why their home was targeted. He is offering $10,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the suspects, whom he says his fiancé will be able to identify.

The home invasion at Longview Court was reported at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Police said Monday that the attack was not random , but the man whose family was victimized says otherwise.

His fiancé and two children, a 3-month-old baby and a 5-year-old, were threatened by two men with a gun, he said. Police agree. Police said one suspect was a relative, but the man says his fiancé thought the suspect's voice was familiar and that "she feels like she did know one of them, but didn't know who it was."

He said the men kicked an 8-week-old puppy in view of his 5-year-old, who hasn't been able to sleep since. The puppy was taken to a veterinary hospital, coughing blood and unable to breathe. His stomach was dislocated and up between his lungs. Although the family has run up a $1,700 vet bill, the dog isn't doing well and may still be euthanized.

One man cocked a gun and held it to his fiancé's head, he said. She saw the bullet in the chamber. Sgt. Lisa Cotto said the police report on the incident indicated that the men said they didn't want to hurt the woman. The man said the suspects pointed the gun at his fiancé and said, "I don't want to hurt you, but we want what we came here for." She said, "Please don't do this in front of my children."

Police said the suspects were looking for $20,000. The man says the suspects must have suspected he had cash. He said his mail has been stolen, and someone might have personal information about him. His previous car had been broken into months ago.

The suspects fled, and the family is living elsewhere. The man reported his car stolen Monday . Police said he parked it on Ely Avenue near Lexington Avenue and told them he couldn't afford to leave it in the South Norwalk train station parking garage. He said he didn't want to pay the $50 cash for weekly parking at the garage. He said there is usually a police car near there and said he has been leaving his car there for a long time.

He wants the suspects caught. His fiancé describes them as two black men, both smaller than average. One was about 5 feet, 6 inches and the other about 5 feet, 9 inches. Each weighed 126 to 146 pounds. They appeared to be in their mid-20s.

Although one suspect wore a mask, the eyes were cut out too largely, he said, and she will recognize him. Anyone who offers Norwalk police enough information to bring in suspects will receive $10,000 if his fiancé recognizes them as her assailants, he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Norwalk Police via the tipline at (203) 854-3111.

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