CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Two Cape Coral neighborhoods are on edge after a violent home invasion and a burglary. Both involved men wearing ski masks and both happened in the middle of the night.
The latest incident happened after midnight on Southeast 13th Street. Cape Coral Police believe the victims in these attacks were targeted. The one in this latest attack tells police he believes a masked man was looking in his home for prescription drugs.
"We muted our tv to see if anything was going on didn't hear anything else. The next thing we knew the cops were out here." Neighbor John Winkleblack is reacting after a scary situation at his Cape Coral duplex. "They got through his front door," he said.
Early Thursday morning police say Winkleblack's neighbor woke up to a six foot man in a ski mask coming through his front door.
Police say the resident tried to fight off the man with a knife, but the suspect overpowered him and took hold of that knife pressing it to the homeowner's chest.
His wife called 911 and the suspect took off.
Just a few miles away, a boarded up door shows evidence of a violent home invasion where four armed suspects also dressed in black, wearing ski masks were involved. Police say late Tuesday night, they fired shots through the front door of a house on Southwest 32nd terrace.
A woman, her son and two other people were inside. The woman told police the suspects beat them then stole a lockbox with just 15 dollars.
Cape Coral police say these are not random acts and are trying to see if the two are connected. "Our detectives are working with the victims and working with the forensic evidence that we have to find who's responsible," said Lt. Tony Sizemore.
Police say nothing was taken from the home in this neighborhood. They say, if you are confronted by an attacker, never try to fight, instead get out and call 911. If you have any information about these crimes you are asked to call the police department.