Home invader followed victim home from Target; police release vehicle images

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More details from police have revealed the sinister, calculated way a robber committed a home invasion in Columbia Heights that saw an elderly man shot at least twice.

Police have released more details about the incident in the 5000 block of Johnson St. NE on Tuesday evening, as well as images of the car they believed the robber was driving at the time of the attack.

A 76-year-old man required hospital treatment after he was shot by the suspect, who followed him in through his still-open garage door and opened fire before making any demands. He then stole the victim's wallet.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office has revealed that the suspect was waiting for the victim while he was shopping at the Target at 53rd and Central avenues, before following him home and committing the crime as the victim entered his house.

Surveillance footage shows a dark-colored sedan, which police think is a late model Dodge Charger, pulled up next to the victim's vehicle as he went into the store.

The suspected robber waited in his car while the victim shopped, and when the victim had finished he followed him out of the parking lot. Footage shows a dark sedan following the 76-year-old's car as he returned home.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early to mid-20s, who was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information should call Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 427-1212.

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