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By Kendall Downing

WESTSIDE – Police responded to two violent home invasions overnight. Detectives are still trying to determine whether the two crimes are related.

The first happened around two Thursday morning at an apartment complex on the westside, at 5669 Whitcomb Terrace.  IMPD said a man threw a large object through an apartment’s glass door. The armed man forced a woman and her daughter to blindfold each other.  He got away with the woman’s purse, credit cards, and an iPad.

“He forced me to go upstairs  and my daughter of course was already up, to make sure that nobody else was here. And he had his face covered, and he kept telling me that he didn`t want me to be able to identify him,” said Melinda Mullican, one of the victims.

IMPD arrested a man in connection with the second home invasion on the westside. It happened at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Police said 25-year-old D.J. Fancher forced his way into an apartment in the 3500 block of North Glen Arm Rd. and fired a shot. Thirteen people were inside the apartment at the time. A group of family members fought back by beating Fancher with a golf club and holding him until police arrived.

FOX59 spoke to those family members with the help of a translator. They said Fancher asked to be let go when he realized how many of them were in the apartment.

Fancher received a number of lacerations and lost some teeth. Police took him to Ezkenazi Health for treatment.