Man Left With Life Changing Injuries After Burglary
Wednesday 13th August 2014
A man has suffered life changing injuries following an aggravated burglary at his Wimbledon home.
On Monday (11th August) officers were called to reports of a burglary in progress in Kings Road at around 10pm.
When they arrived they were apprehended and arrested two suspects in their late 20s at the scene.
A third suspect, also believed to be in his late 20s, ran off in the direction of Wimbledon Town Centre. He has yet to be caught.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw a silver Volkswagen two-door cabriolet style car which was believed to have been used by the suspects.
It is believed that just before 10pm the 55 year old victim opened the front door to three men who entered his home. All had their faces concealed. One of them then violently assaulted him.
A 50 year-old woman at the address was then threatened by the remaining two men, who attempted to tape her down to a chair.
Two residents who had been upstairs at the time were able to call 999 for help.
The injured man is currently in a South London hospital receiving treatment for multiple facial injuries and bruising to the body and limbs. He is undergoing surgery to the eye and his condition is described as life changing.
No further people were injured.
A number of personal items were stolen from the address, some of which have been recovered, as they were discarded by the suspects.
Detective Inspector Dan O'Sullivan, of Merton Burglary Squad, said: "I'm appealing to anyone who was in the area between 21:00-23:00hrs and may have heard of seen the events that night. We are also seeking information regarding a silver car the suspects may have used.
"The level of violence used was extreme and has left a victim seriously injured and traumatised. The fast response to the 999 call ensured that two suspects were apprehended and the victim could receive immediate first aid.
"I must stress that this appears to be an isolated incident, and such cases are thankfully rare. However, this serious attack is now subject of a meticulous enquiry whilst we work to support individuals affected by the events and the local community. Officers are currently conducting high visibility patrols and speaking to residents to answer their concerns."
Both men arrested are currently in custody pending further investigation
There is no description of the third suspect at present.
Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8649 3159; Or if you with to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111