Syracuse police seek "push-in" home invasion suspect

Update (8:00 p.m):

Neighbors in the Sedgwick area of Syracuse say they're on high alert tonight after Syracuse police say a man invaded two homes Friday.

Folks we spoke with in the neighborhood say there's been increased police presence and flyers are being handed out with the picture of Mario Clark.

"We're still very alarmed, but we're now more cautious and on the lookout for him," said Toni Carbacio.

Other neighbors say they're not as worried, adding the Sedgwick neighborhood is always on the lookout for suspicious people.

Syracuse police consider Clark armed and dangerous. If you see him, use extreme caution. Anyone with any information is asked to call Syracuse police at 442-5222 or dial 911.

Previous Coverage:

Police are asking for help finding the man they say is responsible for a total of four "push-in" home invasions in the Sedgwick and Eastwood sections of the city.

On Friday police say Mario Clark struck twice, both times in the city's Sedgwick neighborhood. In at least one of the cases police believe he had a handgun, though never showed it. He was known to some of the victim's in the Sedgwick area because investigators say he had done work for the homeowners in the past - mowing lawns or shoveling snow.

In all the cases police say the man approaches the home, knocks or rings the doorbell, then pushes his way in to demand money.

CNY central has also learned that Clark spent 5 years in state prison for robbery back in the 1990's.

Here is the latest press release from police:

INCIDENTS: Home invasion robbery which occurred at 100 block of Sedgwick Dr on MAY 20,2011 @3:30am / Home invasion Robbery on Brattle Rd on May 20, 2011 @2:25pm/ Robbery at a home in the 100 block of Clifton Place on FEB 12, 2011 / Petit larceny on DEC 13, 2010 from a home on the100 block of Eldorado St .

SUMMARY: Mario Clark is wanted for questioning for today TMs Robberies in which he pushed his way into two residences and took cash by force from the victims. Additionally, Clark is still wanted for another robbery in which he forcibly stole two credit cards, as well as cash from the victim on Clifton Place and a separate petit larceny from a home on Eldorado St in which he stole cash from the 80 year old female victim TMs wallet. In each incident, the victim was found to have previously employed Clark to shovel snow for them. Clark has been recently residing at the Rescue Mission and may possibly be staying at the Oxford Inn from time to time. Information has surfaced which indicates that Clark may be in possession of an unknown type handgun. The public is advised to use extreme caution when encountering Clark as he is considered armed and dangerous.

CONTACT: If anyone has information on Mario Clark please contact the Syracuse Police Criminal Investigation Division @ 315-442-5222 or 911.