Heavily armed police close off neighbourhood after home invasion

Hamilton police tactical teams closed off parts of a lower city neighbourhood for hours Wednesday evening after a home invasion.

Investigators say they are searching for 3 suspects

Police closed Delaware Ave. from Wentworth to Sanford avenues and Myrtle Avenue from Main Street East to Delaware during an operation on Wednesday evening. (CBC Hamilton)

Hamilton police tactical teams closed off parts of a lower city neighbourhood for hours Wednesday evening after a home invasion.

A robbery took place around 4:45 p.m., police say, at a home on Myrtle Street in St. Clair. Not long after, police closed Delaware Avenue from Wentworth St. S. to Sanford Avenue, while Myrtle was closed from Main Street East to Delaware Avenue. 

Police have released little information about the robbery itself, saying only that they are searching for three male suspects, believed to be in their 20s.

Investigators have not said if anyone was injured during the robbery. Hamilton Paramedic Services call logs don't show any calls to that area around the timeframe of the robbery, said Supervisor Ian Sinclair.

Armed police officers were reported seen in the area at the time, as well as the service's large armoured response vehicle, which is usually reserved for situations where police believe someone is armed.

By 7:45 p.m., all police cars appeared to have left the scene and roads were reopened. Hamilton police have not said if any arrests have been made.

The heavy police presence drew attention.

One person who lives nearby on Myrtle Avenue told CBC News that he heard officers call out "come out with your hands up" to a multi-storey residential building on Myrtle Avenue between Main Street East and Sanford Avenue.

Another person who lives nearby said he saw at least 10 police vehicles, K-9 units and armed tactical officers, starting around 5 p.m.

In a video sent to CBC News from neighbourhood resident Amanda Berry, several officers with guns drawn and one holding what appears to be a riot shield can be seen approaching an apartment building on the street.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hamilton Police spokesperson Const. Steve Welton was not able to provide additional information about the incident.

adam.carter@cbc.ca

With files from Kelly Bennett

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