Man injured in home invasion

A man was taken to hospital in stable condition after being injured in a home invasion in Winnipeg Sunday night.

A 48-year-old man is recovering after being beaten during a home invasion in Winnipeg Sunday night.

According to police, three people forced their way into the house in the 800 block of Manhattan Avenue in the city's Elmwood neighbourhood.

The homeowner, Murray Adams, said he was watching a hockey game on TV at about 9:30 a.m. when there was a knock at the door.

"I opened the door and a guy says, 'is Kim here?' and I says, 'No, there's no Kim here.' He says, 'Are you sure there's no Kim here?'

"All of a sudden there's a couple of buddies behind him and … all of a sudden it's like, 'this is a home invasion, get down on the floor.'  When he said that I started firing [fists] first because I was trying to keep them out of here."

Dragged, locked in bathroom

But Adams was overpowered and dragged into the bathroom where he was locked inside. Then the intruders began demanding to know where he kept the safe, Adams said.

"I says, 'I dont have a safe,' and he says, 'you're lying to me, where's the safe?' I says, 'I don't have a safe.'  And it kept going on."

After searching the house, the intruders realized Adams was right.

"One guy says, 'we have the wrong house. We have the wrong house,'" Adams said. "Then they stole my computer monitor and left." 

Adams was sent to hospital in stable condition and later released.

The intruders didn't escape unscathed, either. Police found blood in Adams' backyard and believe it belongs to one of the suspects who must have been struck by Adams' punches.

"This is my house. You're not coming in here without a fight," Adams said.

The three suspects are all described as men between 18 and 20 years old, about 5-foot-10 and about 175 pounds.

One of the suspects was wearing a blue balaclava, blue puffy waist-length parka, and blue mitts. He was clean shaven.

A second suspect was wearing a brown balaclava and a beige puffy jacket with a hood. He also had a moustache.

There was no clothing description for the third suspect.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects in asked to contact the investigators at 986-2857 or Crime Stoppers at 786-TIPS (8477).