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Suspect sought as teen injured during home invasion

January 27, 2022 GMT

MELROSE, Mass. (AP) — Police in a Massachusetts town are searching for a man they say broke into a home at night and threatened and injured a young woman with a knife.

Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle says officers were called out to a home in the suburban town just north of Boston at around 3 a.m. on Wednesday for a reported invasion.

Police say the man entered the unlocked home and demanded items from a 19-year-old resident, including her purse and car keys. When she resisted, police say, she sustained a knife wound to her neck.

The woman’s family says she was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston but is now recovering at home.

Melrose police say the man is suspected of attempting other home and vehicle break-ins in the area, including the theft of two vehicles.

Lyle said police are seeking any information about the incidents and urged residents to lock their homes and vehicles.