Belmont police investigate home invasion and bloodied manBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
January 22. 2018 8:14PM
BELMONT – Local police are investigating an alleged home invasion during which a Route 106 resident reported that he was forced to open his safe under duress.
Early Sunday morning, police received a report that three unknown men had entered the victim’s home, issued threats and assaulted him. After forcing the homeowner to open his safe, the assailants stole guns and made off with the victim’s pickup truck. The man was injured, but declined medical treatment, according to authorities.
Belmont police issued a statewide radio bulletin for law enforcement to be on the lookout for the missing red 2002 Chevy Avalanche. Shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday, State Police discovered the vehicle had been set ablaze and abandoned in Salisbury.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office, State Police and Belmont police are jointly investigating the incident.
Also on Sunday, police encountered a bloodied man walking on Main Street near Route 140 about 10:14 a.m. The 34-year-old Belmont resident reported having been in an argument with an adult male who allegedly threatened him and struck him in the head with a baseball bat. The victim was taken to the hospital and required surgical staples to close the wound.
Investigators gathered enough information to identify the other party and, following an investigation, have applied for an arrest warrant for first-degree assault, a felony, and criminal threatening, a misdemeanor. Police do not currently believe the two incidents are related.
Belmont police are asking anyone who may have information about either incident to call them at 267-8350. Callers may remain anonymous.