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Jessup family awakened by armed intruder

Home invasion was not random, police say

By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

9:08 AM EDT, March 13, 2013

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A Jessup family is safe Wednesday morning after hiding from an armed man who broke into their home, according to Howard County Police.

Police do not believe the home invasion was random, and are searching for a suspect in the area, said Mary Phelan, a police spokeswoman.

"We do believe that he was armed, but don't know the type of weapon," Phelan said.

A woman in the home in the 7300 block of Montevideo Road called police about 2:19 a.m. and said she heard footsteps on the first floor, Phelan said.

There were also reports of gunfire in the area, Phelan said.

A 911 operator remained on the phone with the woman, who was in an upstairs bedroom with two other adults and two teenagers, while police officers responded, Phelan said. She did not know how the five people were related.

When officers arrived at the home, which is set off the roadway, they found the home's front door had been forced open, Phelan said. The suspect had already fled.

As of 6:45 a.m., officers remained at the home interviewing the family members, Phelan said.

"It's still considered an active crime scene," she said.

Phelan said police are trying to determine whether shots were fired and how the suspect had left the area. Phelan said police believe there was "some connection" between the family and the intruder, but officers are "still trying to get a picture of what happened."

The investigation is ongoing.

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