Toledo police searching for armed suspect

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Toledo Police are searching for a suspect who escaped after a home invasion in north Toledo Wednesday afternoon.

Police believe the man walked into a home in the 1000 block of Bricker Ave. shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday.  Police received a report from neighbors of shots fired inside the home.  When they entered the residence a short time later they found a man dead inside. 

Police say the man found has been identified as Junior Francous, 39.

Police believe the suspect pistol whipped a woman inside the home, held her hostage for a short time, and then she escaped just before police entered the home just before 3 p.m. 

It is unclear at this time what the motives were for the suspect to enter the home.

The suspect, who neighbors described as "bloodied," then stole a white 1996 four-door Pontiac Grand Prix on Homer Street, the next block over, and fled the scene.

The suspect, being described as a 5'7" African-American male, is now at large, and police are in the process of searching for him.  He is considered armed and dangerous. 

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