Denton police confirmed Monday morning that a home invasion was the cause of a heavy police presence around Anna Street late Sunday night.
A 26-year-old woman who is pregnant and her boyfriend of the same age were home at the time of the invasion, police reported. The man was injured during a struggle with an assailant, while his girlfriend was unharmed.
At least one of the two robbers was reported to have a pistol, police spokeswoman Khristen Jones said.
No suspects were arrested or identified by Monday afternoon, but police said there was not a reason to suspect an ongoing threat to the public.
Police received a call at 11:17 p.m. about the robbery in the 300 block of Egan Street, according to a news release sent late Monday morning.
“The caller stated that two unknown male suspects kicked in the front door of her residence and that her boyfriend was still in the home struggling with one of the suspects,” the Police Department says in the release.
Jones did not provide any additional descriptions of the assailants Monday afternoon.
Officers were told robbers had fled down Anna Street, so they set up a perimeter. A K-9 unit was deployed around midnight, and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was en route by the same time.
Jones said the large-scale search for the two men was over by 1 a.m.
The male victim told police he believed one of the robbers was cut during the struggle. Area hospitals were alerted, but no patients were reported with matching injuries by Monday morning.
The male victim was cut on his head, upper lip and left knee, Jones said. Several of the injuries to his face required stitches.
“The female victim was unharmed, but due to her pregnancy, both elected to self-transport to the hospital to be medically cleared,” Jones said in the release.
Although the crime has been classified as a robbery, Jones said she was not aware of any items reported stolen during the incident.
Jones said the crime scene was processed for evidence, and officers believed narcotics might have been a contributing factor. She said she was unable to expand upon what that meant, citing the ongoing investigation.
The news release, which was the first official account given, came more than 12 hours after the first call to police.
In the time before police released information publicly, rumors and misinformation swirled around social media.
Denton City Council member Keely Briggs said she woke up Monday morning to see the chatter on social media about the incident. She checked her email inbox to see whether there was official information to share. There wasn’t, she said.
She messaged City Manager Todd Hileman, as part of their communication protocol, and Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon to get more information because many people seemed upset by the response and the lack of information about it.
As with any vital piece of public information she gets when she asks for it, “I post as soon as I can,” Briggs said. “That’s my duty.”
Dixon said Monday morning by phone that information from police should have been posted on social media Sunday night or early Monday morning. He could not be reached for further comment late Monday afternoon.