Police: Gunmen beat residents

WARREN – Police are looking for two gunmen who witnesses said forced their way into a city home, pistol-whipped at least three of the occupants and ordered several people to the floor Tuesday night.

Warren police received reports about 9:30 p.m. of a burglary in progress at 227 Oriole Place S.W. Residents told police the assailants were in the basement. However, police said they did not find anyone there.

Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said on Wednesday no arrests had been made and the incident was under investigation.

Calls to people at the house for comment were not returned.

Police said there were several people inside the house, including children, and that a window on the north side of the house was broken out. The police report names six victims – five of whom are listed as living at the residence.

One resident, James Ferris, 27, told police the gunmen burst in through the front door while yelling “‘Where’s he at? Give us the drugs and money! We want it all!'” the report states.

Ferris told police the gunmen “had everyone get on the ground” and take out their cell phones. He then heard someone jump out the bedroom window, the report states.

He said he was hit in the back of the head with a gun and that the intruders “dragged him throughout the house” looking for unknown items. He stated that when they went to the basement, he was able to break free, run away and call police.

Another resident, Karri Smith, 27, told police she was in a bedroom when the intruders came in, and that “the father of her soon-to-be-child jumped out the bedroom window.” Smith told police that shortly after that the gunmen came into the room looking for him and told her to get on the floor “so she could not see anything.”

Police said they found Patrick Cameron, 39, hiding in the detached garage and that he told them that after he heard the commotion, he jumped out of his bedroom window and took cover in the garage. Police said Cameron suffered “some minor injuries.”

Police said Robert Bennett Sr., 36, who rents the property, told them the gunmen also asked him where the money was before throwing him to the ground and striking him with a pistol.

Nicole Bennett, 29, told police that one of the gunmen approached her as she was shielding her two small children under her arms and said, “Don’t look at me or my face.”

Michael Krevas, 27, of 1612 Denison Ave. N.W., told police he saw the gunmen come into the house and that they told him to get on the ground. He said one of the intruders struck him in the back of the head with a pistol before taking approximately $80 out of his pocket.