Police investigating violent home invasion in Columbiana Co.

GLENMOOR, Ohio (WKBN) – The St. Clair Twp. Police Department is investigating a violent home invasion that left a 68-year-old man with severe facial injuries.

St. Clair Twp. Police Chief Donald Hyatt said police are searching for two white men that he described as “stocky” in build. He said they entered a home on Cannonsmill Road around 1 p.m. Tuesday wearing dark clothing and ski masks and were confronted by the 68-year-old homeowner who was sitting at the dining room table.

The men forced the homeowner to the floor by gunpoint and demanded money, police said. The men made off with a safe after a brief scuffle, during which the homeowner, Charles Smith, received severe, but non-life-threatening injuries, Hyatt said.

Police received a report that the men ran off toward a nearby golf course but later learned they left in a gold in color, older model Chevy Impala. Hyatt said the vehicle was parked down the road, and the temporary tags were rolled up to conceal them.

Police are now investigating whether there was a relation between Smith and his assailants.

“There are some indicators that we’re looking at that lead us to believe this wasn’t a random act, but we’re not concrete on that,” Hyatt said.

He said the attackers came through an unlocked door and only left with the safe.

Smith was taken to East Liverpool City Hospital, where he remained Tuesday night.

Hyatt said the home invasion is unusual for the area.

“That’s a very quiet, working-class neighborhood,” he said. “That’s quite abnormal for that area.”

The incident is also under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 330-386-3585.

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