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Suspects sought in violent Fayette Co. home invasion

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HILLTOP (WVVA) - The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is seeking two males wanted in a home invasion that left the homeowner with apparent serious head injuries.

Two masked males allegedly entered a residence on Prudence Road in Hilltop around noon Tuesday and attacked the homeowner, who was apparently asleep at the time.

The suspects allegedly beat the 58-year-old homeowner in the head with an electric heater, leaving him with serious injuries.

The victim's name and condition is not being released at this time.

The suspects allegedly stole a Walther .380 pistol before fleeing the scene.

Deputies and a K9 unit are actively searching for the suspects.

If you have any information, contact the Fayette County 911 Center at (304) 574-1610 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867. You may also submit a tip thru the Crime Tips section of the Sheriff's Office website, http://fayettesheriffwv.net/ or thru our Department Facebook page, "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."

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Following is the full press release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion robbery in the Prudence Road area at Hilltop, WV. Sheriff Steve Kessler released the following information concerning this ongoing investigation:

At approximately noon on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 notification was received thru the Fayette County 911 Center of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred in the area of 1078 Prudence Road in Hilltop, WV. Upon arrival at the scene Deputies found that the victim, age 58, had suffered apparently serious injuries to his head. (The victim's name is not being released at this time.) The victim was transported to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill where his condition is unknown at this time.

The victim was apparently asleep when two male perpetrators forced entry into the residence by knocking out a window. The suspects then attacked the homeowner, apparently beating him in the head area with an electric heater found inside of the residence. The perpetrators were apparently looking for drugs, but the only thing stolen from the home was a stainless steel Walther .380 pistol. Both suspects were masked and no description of the suspects is available at this time. Deputies are currently at the scene conducting an investigation into this incident.

"We do not have a lot of information to go on at this point," said Sheriff Kessler. "We have one of our tracking K-9s on scene and Deputies are saturating the area in an attempt to locate the perpetrators. Anyone having any information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Fayette County 911 Center at (304) 574-1610 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867. You may also submit a tip thru the Crime Tips section of the Sheriff's Office website, http://fayettesheriffwv.net/ or thru our Department Facebook page, "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."

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