'Odd' man wanted for string of home invasions in St. Joseph

SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. - One man managed to wake up an entire block of neighbors Wednesday morning in Saint Joseph, Mo.

Police said beginning around 8:25 a.m., the man broke into three homes all in the 200 block of Michigan Avenue. They also believe the man is responsible for another nearby break in hours earlier.

"Everybody's kind of buckled their hatches down," neighbor Dennis Snethen said.

That includes Patty Schroeder, who saw the intruder in action.

"I was looking out the front window. I (saw) a guy jump the fence, I thought it was odd," Schroeder said.

After he made it over the fence, police said the man burst into a home where the resident was waiting with a gun. The man took off and ran into another home down the street, where a woman said he pushed her husband to the ground before running off again.

The spree continued to a third home where a man told 41 Action News he heard his back door kicked in.

"He didn't seem normal. He seemed like he was under the influence of something," the man said. "He was scared. Scared of something like someone was chasing him. He told me someone was chasing him, held him hostage for a while."

The man then escaped that home just as police arrived. Officers are still on the lookout for him.

"We'd like to find him simply to put everybody's mind at ease in that part of town, but also we may have a subject that needs some medical assistance as well," Capt. Matt Rock said.

A nearby school was briefly locked down. Rock said the man did not take anything from any of the homes.

He is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic man in his mid-to-late 20s, who is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. Call St. Joseph Crime Stoppers at 816-238-TIPS with any information.

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