City Police Look For A Gunman

Overnight Home-Invasion Robbery Triggers Manhunt

Posted: February 6, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg police are searching for a suspect in an overnight home-invasion robbery.

Lt. Chris Rush, commander of the Harrisonburg Police Department’s criminal investigations division, said a man entered a home in the 500 block of Myers Avenue, near Paul Street, around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

While inside the home, police say, the suspect displayed a gun when he encountered a resident and robbed the occupants. The man fled with miscellaneous belongings.

Police say the suspect was last seen wearing dark-colored, baggy clothing with his head covered. He was between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

The home invasion comes days after police announced the arrest of Charles E. Whitney, 44, of Harrisonburg. Whitney was charged with five felony counts of breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count of impersonating a police officer.

Police say he broke into city homes from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14. Police originally arrested a homeless man on Jan. 14 in connection with the crimes but released him the next day after his alibi checked out.

Whitney was arrested Jan. 17, but police didn’t announce his arrest until Friday.

Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to call the criminal investigations division at 437-2640. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 574-5050. Tipsters also may text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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