Police now have descriptions of the five men alleged to have participated in a violent home invasion in west Windsor early Monday morning.

Sgt. Tony Caroll told CBC News that the five suspects entered a residence in the 700 block of Rankin Avenue around 12:50 a.m.

"Their faces were covered with masks," said Caroll. "They were brandishing weapons ranging from guns, knives, a baseball bat... one of the suspects was carrying a hatchet," said Caroll.

The men, wearing black clothes, gloves and balaclavas, entered through the front door, and demanded drugs, cash, and valuables, said police.  One victim escaped, others were tied up.

Police said the suspects assaulted all six male victims, who sustained cuts and bruises from the incident. Four of the victims were sent to Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital for treatment and released.

The armed robbers removed cell phones and laptop computers from the home before fleeing on foot. Police said they located a number of these items in an alley across the street from the home.

The K-9 unit tracked the suspects to California Avenue at Girardot Street, but then lost the trail, and Windsor Police have few clues as to the suspects' identities.

Police described the men as:

  • Male, black, 6', dreadlocks, slim build, carrying a hunting knife.
  • Male, black, 5'8", slim build, carrying a piece of metal pipe.
  • Male, Asian, 5'7", carrying a silver hand gun.
  • Male, white, blue eyes, carrying a hatchet.
  • Male, Hispanic.

Police were asking anyone with information on the incident to contact Police Investigations at 519-255-6700 extension 4830 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).