Police say they believe a Belleville resident who was the victim of a home invasion was specifically targeted and that the case was not a random act of violence.
Belleville police at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday responded in force to a report of a home invasion in the 800 block of South Jackson Street.
They were looking for a man who displayed a knife and demanded specific items from the two residents home at the time of the crime. The residents complied with the suspect's demands and he left. What was taken was not revealed by police.
Police radio traffic indicated that the suspect fled the scene and was spotted crossing the railroad tracks at South High Street and in the area of the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds. Despite the use of a scent-tracking police dog, officers were unable to locate him.
The suspect was described as a 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 black male who appeared to be about 30 years old with multiple tattoos on his chest and a very rough complexion from acne scars. He was wearing dark pants, a blue or gray hooded sweatshirt and had short hair and a close-shaved beard.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Belleville Police Department at 234-1212.