York County home invasion has neighbors on edge

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FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa. -- Two-masked men break into a York County home in the middle of the night and assault a husband and wife at gunpoint.

Fairview Township Police said a home invasion is rare for the community.

The couple didn't require treatment, but it's one of the suspects who might need medical help.

Fairview Township Police Chief Jason Loper said the husband and wife who survived the home invasion are fortunate it wasn't worse. They were able to walk away with a few injuries, but the condition of one of the suspects is unknown.

The Fairview Township home invasion strikes too close to home for many neighbors.

A sixteen-year-old girl who wished to remain anonymous said "I have an eight-year-old cousin and a five-year-old cousin that I babysit in the summer, so knowing that I can't really take them outside in the backyard make me kind of scared to take them outside."

Police say two masked men broke into a home at the Meadowbrook Mobile Home Park, they they attacked a husband and wife in their fifties. One of the suspects was armed with a Smith and Wesson revolver.

"The wife received injuries to her head and face, her husband was pistol whipped, and then the husband began struggling with the attacker, and in the ensuing struggle shots were fired," Chief Loper said.

The husband was able to wrestle the gun away. A trail bloom outside the home leads police to believe one of the suspects may have been shot during the struggle, and that both took off in a getaway car.

"Fairview Township is generally a quiet, safe place to live, so anytime something like this happens it's surprising to people," Chief Loper said.

The crime didn't shock the teenager who lives next door.

"I wasn't really surprised about it, because there are a lot of people in the trailer park that deal drugs, so I figured it was just a bad drug deal," the girl said.

"We're not ruling out any possibilities, we can't say one way or another whether it's drug related or
not," Chief Loper said.

A few unanswered questions such as what was the motive, and who would commit this crime, have neighbors on edge.

"I feel since they haven't been caught yet, they're not finished yet, so they still might come back," the girl said.

"There was obviously an intent to harm both people inside the residence so, so it could have turned out much worse," Chief Loper said.

Police said they don't believe anything was taken from the home, or that the community is in any danger.