PHILLIPS — Franklin County deputies are investigating a home invasion Friday night on Weld Road where two males assaulted the owner, tied him up and stole over $30 cash, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said.

The 54-year-old homeowner was threatened with bodily harm if he called police, the sheriff said.

The attackers, who were wearing face masks, black gloves and camouflage, woke the man when they broke in. They assaulted him, restrained him to a chair using duct tape and said they would hurt him further if he did not give them money. One of the men had a bat, Nichols said.

The victim gave them over $30 in cash from his wallet. The men threatened to return if he called police, Nichols said.

The victim complained of minor pain but refused treatment, the sheriff said.

Because he did not hear a vehicle, the victim believed the men walked to his residence.

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One attacker was described as between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and the other as close to 6 feet. Both weighed roughly 150 pounds, Nichols said.

Cpl. Nate Bean and Deputy Brad Scovil responded to the 10:21 p.m. call, along with Detectives Stephen Charles, Ken Charles and Lt. David St. Laurent.

The case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information or who saw suspicious activity is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 778-2680.

It is the second home invasion in Franklin County since April 2. Jay police are investigating a case of a masked man brandishing a handgun who entered a 54-year-old man’s residence on Morse Hill Road.  No arrests have been made in that case.

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