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The Sterling Police Department said they are investigating two home invasions.

Two times in the last few days people have broken into homes and beat up people inside. The first one happened early Sunday morning in the 300 block of 7th Avenue. Police said two people were beaten up.

Then yesterday, just after 12 PM police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Griswold Avenue, also in Sterling. A man inside had serious injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

"Hopefully this is a strange coincidence and this type of activity will cease once we take some people into custody, but right now we're relying on the community to continue pushing us the information so we can make that determination and find out answers," said Detective J.D. Sanders of the Sterling Police Department.

KWQC talked to one of the people who was hurt, a 16 year old boy who said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"At least five, six people were beating me, hitting me with poles, kicking me on the side of my face," said 16 year old Sean, who was attacked during a home invasion.

He said he was sleeping on the couch, when he woke up. People at his house were shouting to people across the street.

"They were starting stuff, screaming things to them down the block," said Sean.

Then he said he went to open the door to see what was happening and a group of men forced themselves inside.

"I didn't want them to go upstairs and harm the two kids, the two little babies that were upstairs, so I made sure they stayed downstairs and I had a plan to keep them downstairs and that's what happened," said Sean.

That's when he got attacked by people he's never met or seen before.

"Five or six people were just getting me all at once so I really didn't have a chance to defend myself or anything," said Sean.

Numb from the pain, he said all he could feel was apart of his tooth missing.

"I got a broken cheekbone and a blood vessel blew in my eye and half my eye is filled with blood right now," said Sean.

He said doctors told him if his cheekbone went any higher, he could be blind. He's hoping to get surgery later this week to put his cheek back in place.

"I was shocked, I didn't feel nothing at all until it was over, until I was at the hospital," said Sean.

He said he thinks the group of men thought he was one of the men screaming at him from across the street and attacked him instead.

"I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else and I hope it doesn't happen to me again," said Sean.

Sterling Police said at this time, there's no information that connects the two home invasions.

 

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