Police search for suspects in Belleville home invasion

A pair of men are wanted for armed robbery and home invasion after they beat up the person who answered the door at a Belleville residence on Monday night, forced their way inside and made off with several items from the house.

According to police reports, at about 7:20 p.m. two men knocked on the door at a house in the first block of South 21st Street and demanded to see a person who lived there.

When the person who answered the door told the men the resident they wanted to see wasn’t home, one of the suspects pulled a handgun and battered the victim.

The suspects then ransacked the home, taking several items before they left. The victim didn’t see the car in which the men left, but he told police he heard a vehicle with a loud exhaust system start right after the men departed.

Officers from the Belleville Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit said they detected evidence of narcotics use at the home.

The suspects, who were still at large as of Tuesday afternoon, were both black males. One was 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 with a dark complexion and a skinny build. He was estimated to be about 25 or 26 years old with multiple tattoos on his neck and both arms. The other suspect was described as being about 5-foot-6 with a skinny build and a dark complexion. He had short hair and appeared to be about 20 years old, police said.

Investigators have several promising leads in the case, they said. But anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Belleville Police Department at 618-234-1212.