Howard police offer reward in Jessup home invasion

Howard County Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the apprehension of a man who allegedly invaded the Jessup home of a family of five and fired two shots Wednesday morning, according to a news release.

Police described the suspect as a black man, over 6 feet, weighing 160 to 70 pounds, 25 to 30 years old and wearing a black jacket with a white-colored plaid shirt. Police said the man was also carrying a handgun.

 At approximately 2:19 a.m., a woman called police and said a man with a handgun entered her home located in the 7300 block of Montevideo Road. 

The woman, who remained on the phone with the 911 operator throughout the incident, hid in an upstairs bedroom with the her husband, their two teenage children and an adult relative, police said.

Within 10 minutes, police made tactical entry to the home, but the armed man was gone, police said. Officers then located the family in the bedroom, unharmed, police said.

Although police orignally believed entry was made to the home through the front door, investigators have determined entry was made through the rear door.

At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, police said further investigation of the incident revealed two shots were fired in the home. 

Police said it is unclear if the shots were fired at, or intended for, a person. 

Police said "the public is not in danger," and that investigators believe the home was targeted. Investigators have not yet determined the possible motive in the case. 

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