Vestal Police Investigating Daytime Home Invasion
Local police agencies are working to find a knife-wielding robber who forced his way into a Vestal home, terrorizing a woman who was inside with her two young children.
Authorities say the incident happened early Wednesday afternoon at a South Jensen Road residence.
Police say the 28-year-old woman was held at knifepoint after a man rang the doorbell and entered the house.
Investigators say the home invasion happened between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. The man was inside the house for an extended period, perhaps for almost an hour. He left the house with some cash.
The woman fled the house after the man left. She took her one-year-old daughter and two-year-old son to a neighbor's house. The incident was reported at about 2:50 p.m
No injuries were reported in the incident. The woman was evaluated at a hospital.
Police say the man was described as being white, about 50 years old with short- to medium-length dark hair that contained a lot of grey. He had scruffy facial hair and discolored teeth.
The man was said to be wearing blue jeans and a flannel or plaid shirt over a t-shirt.
The intruder was armed with a kitchen or chef's knife.
Neighbors told police they saw a man matching that description before and after the home invasion.
Anyone with information about the case may contact the Vestal police detective division at 607.754.2477 extension 347.