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Duluth police say Kenwood home invasion was not random

Duluth police continue to investigate Monday's home invasion robbery in the Kenwood neighborhood, but stressed today that it was not a random act of violence.

Duluth police continue to investigate Monday's home invasion robbery in the Kenwood neighborhood, but stressed today that it was not a random act of violence.

Police said the victims in the case appear to have been specifically targeted. Sgt. Bob Shene, supervisor of the Violent Crimes Unit, said he couldn't publicly elaborate.

"The Duluth Police Department has confirmed that this is not a random act of violence,'' Shene said. "Members of the community in that neighborhood do not need to be worried that their house will be targeted in the same manner.''

Police were called to the address at 1226 Missouri Ave. about 4:30 p.m. Monday in response to a report of one white male and two black males entering an unlocked door of the residence and pointing a gun at five people in the home. The suspects are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s.

The suspects searched the residence and took valuables and other property belonging to the victims. Shene said police continue to conduct interviews and work the case.

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The title holders of the home are listed as Larry K., Jane K., and Kenneth G. Smith. Kenneth Smith is listed as the taxpayer. Kenneth Smith said he owns the home and he allowed his four friends to stay there rent-free. He said it is not a rental property as previously reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Violent Crimes Unit at 730-5050.

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