BREAKING: Police search for men with baseball bat, gun in connection with home invasion

Jon Matuszak talks with a Quincy Police Department officer Monday morning after he said he was robbied in his home. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
Posted: Jul. 21, 2014 10:56 am Updated: Aug. 4, 2014 11:15 am
Herald-Whig reporter Don O'Brien, right, interviews Patrick Matuszak and Kathy Boll, who say they were the victims of a home invasion. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)

UPDATE (1:02 p.m.)

In an e-mail release, VanderMaiden said: "The vets home grounds have been cleared and no suspects located. Residents should feel comfortable going back home but should remain cautious as the suspects are still at large.

"We are looking for two males 18-22 (years of age), one white male, uncertain race on the second male. The known white male had very short hair (and) the second had dark curly hair.

"We believe they are in possession of a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous."

UPDATE (12:48 p.m.):

VanderMaiden said the Veterans Home search is finished.

"We have been told by a witness that they may have gotten out of the woods before we set up  our perimeter," VanderMaiden said.

UPDATE (12:44 p.m.):

Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden said two male subjects are being sought in the wooded area of the Illinois Veterans Home. VanderMaiden would not confirm the identities of the suspects.

He said Illinois State Police is expected to have a plane equipped with heat-seeking equipment fly over the area in the next 45 minutes.

Police are asking all residents near the Veterans Home to secure their residences and vehicles.

UPDATE:  (12:20 p.m.):

Quincy Public School has been asked to lockdown Washington School due to manhunt. Summer lunch program cancelled for today.

All buildings at Illinois Veterans Home are locked down. Residents being asked to stay in buildings due to manhunt.

UPDATE: (12:13 p.m.):

Photo Editor Steve Bohnstedt says the Quincy Police Department's Emergency Response Team is searching through the bed of Cedar Creek on the north side of the Illinois Veterans Home property. Approximately 20 Quincy police officers are on the scene.

UPDATE: (12:04 p.m.):

The Quincy Police Department is asking that people living in the area to "use caution" until the scene has been cleared and that people stay inside with their doors locked. 

A canine unit is on the scene and about to be dispatched.

UPDATE (11:40 a.m.):

Reporter Don O'Brien spoke with Quincyans Jon Matuszak, Patrick Matuszak and Kathy Boll, who were the victims of the home invasion. Jon Matuszak told O'Brien that he had a gun pointed at his head during the robbery on the city's northwest side near the Veterans home.

Jon Matuszak said the men took gaming systems, a pocketknife, gun and a larger Miller Lite coin bank filled with cash and coins.

All entrances to the Veterans Home, except for the main entrance on 12th Street, have been closed because of the manhunt.

Original story (10:59 a.m.):

The Quincy Police Department is searching near the Illinois Veterans Home for two men who are wanted in connection with a home invasion.

Staff Writer Don O'Brien says one man had a baseball bat, and the other had a gun. Both were wearing white handkerchiefs and gloves.

Quincy police have a perimeter set up that appears to be from Fifth to Eighth Street, west of the Illinois Veterans Home.

Quincy police also have called out the Emergency Response Team to help locate the men.

We will continue to update this story.

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