A Howard County family is safe following an overnight home invasion and robbery, but the intruder remains on the loose.

Around 2:20 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman called police to report that an armed man had broken into her home in the 7300 block of Montevideo Road in Jessup.

The woman and other residents inside the home, two other adults and two teenaged children, had locked themselves inside an upstairs bedroom.

Police arrived at the home about 10 minutes later to find signs of forced entry at the front door but no sign of the intruder, who had apparently fled. The family was found upstairs unharmed.

Television news reports overnight mistakenly indicated that the family was taken hostage by the intruder.

Police do not have a suspect description but said the intruder is believed to be armed. Police said the home may have been targeted and the public is not believed to be in danger.

The break-in remains under investigation.