NASHUA -- Police are investigating two home invasions that took place at two Fletcher Street residences last week.
In once case, the robbers were armed with a handgun and hatchet.
The first robbery took place last Wednesday about 7:50 p.m., when two masked men entered an apartment and began assaulting an occupant, police said.
The resident was punched and pepper-sprayed, said Lt. Denis Linehan, adding the man was treated for exposure to oleoresin capsicum.
“They both had masks on, so our description is pretty limited,” Linehan said of the robbers. “We are still trying to determine why this house was targeted.”
Some property was stolen but police would not say what was taken.
According to police, at least one witness said they saw two masked men on Front Street following the reported home invasion.
The second robbery occurred about 3:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Occupants of that Fletcher Street home told police that two Hispanic males armed with a handgun and a hatchet forced their way into the building.
Police believe the second invasion was not random, but that the house was targeted.
Police would not elaborate on what was stolen from the home.
“We are looking at the possibility that they are related,” Linehan said of the two home invasions.
Fletcher Street is a densely populated area downtown, Linehan said. He stressed that no children were inside either residences during the home invasions, which took place during daylight.
Police said one of the suspects is about 6 feet tall with a thin build, and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and red shorts. The other suspect was wearing a dark sweatshirt with a white stripe down the sleeve.
They were seen leaving the Fletcher Street area on Saturday afternoon in a gray or silver BMW, traveling south on Main Street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Nashua Crimeline at 589-1665, or the Nashua Police Department at 594-3500.