Police increase patrolling in Belhaven after invasion

Jackson police are beefing up patrols in Belhaven following a violent home invasion on Lyncrest Avenue.

“We are doing a direct patrol on the street and have another beat unit coming in,” said Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, August 29.

“The man heard a knock on the door around 11 p.m. He goes to the door, looks outside and doesn’t see anyone. As he’s going to close it, four black males enter, with their faces covered up and armed with weapons,” Freeman said.

Crooks knocked the man to the ground and the woman ran outside. The suspects took $440 in cash and a cell phone and fled the scene.

The homeowner ran outside, but was only able to see the tail lights of the getaway vehicle as the suspects fled, Freeman said. “He couldn’t tell (the make or model) because he didn’t have his glasses on.”

The suspects also asked for the victims’ car keys, but did not get them before leaving the scene.

The victims were not taken to the hospital and did not sustain life-threatening injuries, he said.

The case is still under investigation and has been turned over to the Jackson Police Department’s robbery/homicide and mobile crime units. 

Freeman said photos were taken and the crime scene was dusted for prints.

He wouldn’t say if the victims knew the suspects, but said that in most home invasions, there are connections.

“It’s real unusual that (suspects) are riding down the street and say, ‘here’s a house, let’s rob it,’” he said. “Most of the time, home invasions have a connect between the suspect and the complainant.”

Meanwhile, Belhaven residents continue working to improve security across the neighborhood.

“We have a great security plan with a multifaceted approach. We are just trying to execute it,” said Belhaven Improvement Association President Reed Hogan.

Among approaches, the association would like to install surveillance cameras at strategic points across the neighborhood. So far, recording devices have been installed at two major Belhaven entrances at Laurel Street Park.

Hogan said additional funds are needed for more cameras to be put in, and residents can find out more by visiting ourbelhaven.com.

“Belhaven is a wonderful neighborhood and a safe neighborhood,” he said. “This is a special place and one that is worth fighting for.”