BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police are actively looking for two men in connection to a string of home invasions.
"I just knew something wasn't right," said a witness who did not want to be named. "They were just running from behind houses and then I see them running down the street."
That is why she said she told Baton Rouge police which direction the men ran.
"They both had on shorts. I think one had on an army green shirt. I can't remember what the other had on," she said.
It all started around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when BRPD said the two suspects allegedly stole a red Toyota 4Runner from St. Tammany Parish. The two people inside the SUV allegedly broke into three different homes.
Investigators said one was in the Woodgate neighborhood where they busted out a window and stole jewelry and electronics. Then, they allegedly went to a home on Millgate Dr and then moved to the Woodstone neighborhood, which is next to the Woodgate neighborhood.
Police said the SUV was backed up to the home in Woodstone trying to load up the stolen goods when a BRPD officer happened to be blocks away and started chasing the suspects.
They then went into a canal to escape the officer. Because they were all muddy, they went to a home on Wylie Street to clean off with the water hose.
"Looks like at least at this location here, homeowner came up and there were two folks inside the house," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.
That homeowner returned to his house on his lunch break, but he came across the suspects, who tied up and beat the victim, according to Moore.
Officials said the two men then stole the homeowner's Mustang. Around 3:30 p.m., BRPD found it abandoned on Nelson Drive near all the home invasions.
Police have not described what the two men look like.
"This really is obviously unusual for here and for different burglaries to have someone attacked during an invasion, very unusual. These are dangerous people that we're dealing with," said Moore.
Anyone with any information on the two suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.