Occupants of an apartment on Carol Lane in Lafayette reportedly disarmed a man with a gun who entered their residence at around 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Police and fire department personnel are on scene at the Lafayette Highlands apartment complex and a weapon was believed to have been recovered.
Details remain scarce but it appears an occupant of the apartment in question went to a neighboring residence seeking help, saying the occupants had fought off a man – believed to be a tenant of the complex in his 20s – who had entered the residence with a weapon of unknown type and proceeded to immobilize the occupants with duct tape.
Early indications are that a struggle ensued when a male resident either broke free or returned home to discover the home invasion in progress – the precise chain of events are unclear – and managed to gain control of the weapon. Neighbors say the residents overpowered the intruder and inflicted “significant” injuries to his head as several neighbors also responded to the apartment to assist in regaining control.
Neighbors said the suspect, who police have yet to identify, was found down on the floor and bleeding from his head when police arrived.
Two ambulances were called to the scene and injuries have been reported though their exact nature is not known at this time. Reports that the couple’s children were also immobilized by the intruder were not confirmed by police, who issued a brief release mid-afternoon Monday.