Columbia Police officers responded to the 3600 block of Hermitage Road at 7:24 a.m. for a report of a home invasion with a gun. The preliminary investigation revealed three occupants were present inside the home when a male suspect forced entry. The suspect brandished a firearm at one of the victims and searched the residence before fleeing the area. There were no reported injuries and the amount of property damage is unknown at this time.
A K-9 officer and handler from the Boone County Sheriff's Department assisted with a track, however, the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as a black male between 30 to 40 years old, weighing approximately 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing multiple layers of dark colored clothing. The investigation is on-going.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact detectives at (573) 874-7652, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.