By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Police are investigating a home invasion on Batchelder Street that sent three people to the hospital with wounds inflicted by some kind of club or bat.
Capt. Matt Canfield said Friday that police received two nearly simultaneous calls around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. He said the first was a call from the bushes near the intersection of Pine and South Main Street made by two people who had been beaten but escaped the home at 72 Batchelder St.
The second call came moments later and was from the home.
Canfield said all the victims reported that two men and one woman entered Apartment #3 wearing face masks and wielding clubs or bats or something similar and attacked. He said the victims said they were demanding money but didn’t get away with anything.
Police are looking for a large dark green SUV, which Canfield said was about the size of a Chevy Tahoe, with Maine plates, which typically have a white background with black lettering.
Canfield said two of the victims had head injuries and were taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and were kept overnight for observation. The third victim went to the hospital for a back injury and was treated and released.
At this time, Canfield said police believe this was a targeted attack and that there is no danger to the general public. He said anyone who heard or saw anything is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.
Canfield said from July 2015 to date, police have responded to 86 calls at the three-apartment building. He said the calls ranged from a complaint of a vicious dog that led to temporary mail stoppage to disturbances and thefts.
According to city tax assessment records, the house is owned by Robert Fatmir Gasi.
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