An Opelousas police officer Monday night arrested two men who 33 minutes earlier entered a residence by pushing through the door before striking the homeowner in the head and stealing $40 and two handguns, an official said.

Officer Herbert Levier was on patrol on Cane Street when he saw two Opelousas men who fit the victim’s description of the earlier crime, Police Chief Perry Gallow said.

Levier arrested Hunter Auzzene and Kenon Richard, both 18, after a brief struggle, Gallow said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Gallow said Auzzene had recently cut the lawn at the residence and knew the homeowner.

The homeowner, whose identity was not released, told police he heard a knock at his Park Circle home at around 11:20 p.m., and opened the door to Auzzene and Richard. Both men, wearing masks, pushed the man inside, where one of them hit him in the head with a handgun, Gallow said.

“They demanded money, however there was nothing more than $40 in his wallet, which is what they stole along with two handguns,” Gallow said.

The homeowner was treated at the scene by paramedics, Gallow said.