Frankfort man tied up and blindfolded in home invasion

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say it was a brazen crime after a man reported that he was tied up, gagged, and blindfolded inside his place at the Leawood Square Apartments.

"He (the victim) was napping this afternoon, and heard his doorbell, he goes to the door and sees an individual outside with a tan jacket. And for whatever reason he assumed that to be the maintenance man," described Major Fred Deaton of the Frankfort Police Department.

It wasn't the maintenance man. Instead, the suspect forced his way into the 21-year-old victim's apartment.

"They actually forced him into the bathroom and into the bathtub with a weapon (gun) to his head," said Major Deaton.

While the victim was partially blindfolded, he told police he was able to see one of the suspects and told investigators he could hear another. Still, neighbors in this area say this crime has them on edge.

"It makes me look out the window a little bit faster, so I mean you always got to be careful," answered David Shirley, who says he first heard of the crime after the complex sent out a notice of the home invasion.

"If I would've come out a little earlier it probably could've happened to me," stated Darvell Lattimore who lives next to the victim.

Lattimore went on to say he was home when the crime happened, but he had no idea what was happening just a few feet away.

"I heard him like yelling, like I thought he was mad or something but I didn't think nothing of it. I thought him and his buddies were over there just chilling and playing video games or something."

He said, "Maybe I could've helped him, if I had known."

Investigators say the suspects stole several items from inside the apartment and the victim's car. The car was later found a few miles down the road parked at the Century Plaza Shopping Center. The men are still on the loose.

"This occurred, virtually, in broad daylight. So, it's another indicator that we have dangerous individuals," said Major Deaton.

However, the fact that the crime was pulled off in broad daylight has Major Deaton hopeful that someone witnessed the crime and has more information for their investigation.

An investigation that could be linked to other robberies in Frankfort. Major Deaton says the one suspect described in the home invasion has similar traits that have been described in other crimes.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 502-875-8648 or text a tip by typing "FCS" and your tip to 274637 (CRIME).

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