One suspect was in custody Thursday after a home invasion in Bedford that left three people seriously injured, but police are still searching for two other men.
Vini Bunted Proeung, 20, of Lowell, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault to maim, armed and masked robbery, home invasion, use of a firearm in a felony, and possession of a firearm without a license, according to Bedford police and the Middlesex district attorney’s office. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Thursday in Concord District Court, District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno said.
Investigators are still trying to identify the two other men involved in the Wednesday morning incident.
Proeung and two associates allegedly broke into an apartment on North Road at about 2 a.m., shot one victim in the leg, and beat two others.
Rescuers were able to stop the bleeding from the shooting victim’s leg and safe his life, police said. All of the victims are expected to survive.
Proeung knew at least one of the victims through work, according to police, who said the suspects believed there were drugs in the apartment.
“This was an extremely unusual incident for Bedford,” Bongiorno said a statement.