GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Gaston County Police are investigating after a man says he was bound up during a home invasion.

On July 7 around 12:15 a.m., Gaston County Police responded to the 110 block of Starlight Drive, Lincolnton in reference to the possible home invasion.

The victim told police that he answered a knock at his front door and was confronted by a suspect with a firearm. 

Police say the suspect’s ethnicity is unknown as he was in dark clothing and wearing a ski-type mask, but he's described as a man approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build.

The suspect restrained two of the victim’s family members hands behind their backs, then placed them inside the residence, then the suspect went through the victim’s bedroom.  

Police say the suspect struck the victim in the face and removed his wallet, stealing $200. The victim was then taken outside and bound to a piece of lawn furniture on the porch before the suspect ran.

Gaston County Police searched the scene for evidence and utilized a K9 Unit as they searched for the suspect. The Criminal Investigations Unit is continuing this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3300 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.

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