Two men robbed in separate Fairbanks home invasions

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Multiple assailants robbed and ransacked two homes early Thursday morning after tying up the occupants at gunpoint.

Alaska State Troopers said three to 10 people entered the homes in a neighborhood above Farmers Loop north of the city.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Ron Wall said the first man was assaulted after he opened his front door in response to someone pounding.

The assailants then moved through a wooded area to strike the second house. The man who lived there did not have time to get to the door before the group broke into the house, Wall said. The neighbors were friends and were the only ones in their respective homes.

''They were taken down at gunpoint and restrained as the people went through the homes looking for items and cash,'' Wall said. ''They were looking for valuables.''

Both men were injured and taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. One was kept at the hospital overnight, Wall said.

He said there's a possibility that the burglaries are drug-related. A small marijuana grow was discovered in each home, he said.

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