Metro-East News

Two home invasions rattle Swansea; four suspects arrested

Two home invasions occurred Sunday in Swansea, according to police.

In the first, officers with the Swansea Police Department responded at 1 p.m. to the 1500 block of Karin Drive. A woman allegedly battered a man after barging through his unlocked front door, according to a news release from the department.

Police notified the Belleville Police Department, and officers there were able to locate the suspect’s car parked at a residence and surrounded it. The two suspects then came outside and were taken into custody. Inside, officers found a firearm shown by one of the assailants during the invasion, according to police.

Later, around 10:30 p.m., Swansea officers responded to a second call, in the 1800 block of Jamestown Road, at an apartment where multiple people resided. Two men wearing masks allegedly demanded money from the residents. Police caught the suspects afterward, according to police.

All four suspects remained in jail Tuesday, pending charges from the State’s Attorney’s office, according to Swansea police, who believe the cases were unrelated. As of Tuesday morning, police had not yet released the names of those involved, Deputy Chief Craig Coughlin said.