Fairfield police searching for armed home invasion suspect

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Fairfield Police are searching for a home invasion suspect wanted for robbing the victim while at home for Christmas break.

The victim was staying at a friend's apartment on Providence Drive when the suspect approached the residence on Jan. 7 around 7:20 p.m.

The black male suspect knocked on the door and the victim opened the door. The suspect asked if the resident was there by name and the victim stated he was not. The suspect asked how long the resident would be gone and when the victim reached into his pocket to call the resident, the suspect forced his way into the apartment.

Once inside the apartment, the suspect closed the door and pulled a black handgun from his pocket and ordered the victim to turn around. He had the victim lay on his stomach in the living room and used a zip tie to bind the victim's feet. He then told the victim to place his hands behind his back. The victim complied and he heard a plastic bag. Thinking the suspect was going to tie his hands and place a bag over his head to shoot him, the victim began to struggle. After a short time the victim gave up and asked that the suspect not shoot him.

The suspect then had the victim get up and start gathering things in the apartment for the suspect to take. The suspect took a laptop, a PS3, pill bottles, the victim's watch, student ID, 5/3 debit card and Wal-Mart Green Dot card. The suspect then took the victim to the bedroom and told him to count to one hundred and the suspect fled the scene.

The suspect began using the debit card at local businesses such as Wal-Mart, Speedway and McDonalds. He is described as a black male, 6'1" and 180-200 lbs. He was dark skinned and had a trimmed chin strap beard and possibly a goatee. He had closely trimmed hair. At the time of the offense he wore a black zip-up hoodie, black jeans, black t-shirt and black shoes and had a black handgun.  The suspect is driving a purple or maroon minivan.

Anyone with information that may help police should call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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