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January 24, 2014

Police: Men break into Ipswich home, attack residents

IPSWICH — Ipswich police are searching for three male suspects who they say broke into a house in the area of Farragut Road early Wednesday morning, attacking the two people who were home, according to a statement from the Ipswich Police Department.

Officials received a call about the incident around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. The two male residents who were home at the time of the invasion fought off the assailants, sustaining minor cuts and bruises, police said.

They received medical attention at the scene but refused further assistance.

No shots were fired during the break-in, but the suspects, who were wearing masks and fled the scene of the crime, “displayed a firearm,” police said.

After the suspects took off, one of the victims ran outside and hailed a snow plow driver, who called police.

“These victims were targeted by the individuals for a specific reason,” said Ipswich police Chief Paul Nikas. “It wasn’t just a random act of violence.”

Nikas added that Ipswich police are currently unsure whether the suspects took anything from the home.

Subsequent to police arrival, units secured and searched the immediate area but did not locate the suspects, the police statement said.

During their search, Ipswich police called for mutual aid from surrounding towns, including Hamilton, Essex and Topsfield.

State police also assisted in the search with a K-9, who followed the suspects’ trail to an adjacent street where police think they entered a waiting vehicle to flee the area.

Police said the suspects were believed to be driving a dark car, which headed westbound on Topsfield Road.

The Cape Ann Regional Response Team was called in to sweep the building for any armed suspects, but it did not locate any.

The residence was secured as a crime scene, and the case remains under investigation by Ipswich police, state police and the District Attorney’s Office.

Terri Ogan can be reached at 978-338-2660, via email at togan@salemnews.com or on Twitter @terriogan.

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