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Santa Ana family held hostage, man pistol-whipped by robbers [Video]

June 23, 2011 | 11:37 am

 

Santa Ana police were looking Thursday for three robbers who took a family hostage and pistol-whipped the father during a home invasion.

Police said three masked intruders, believed to be two men and a woman, stormed into a home in the 1000 block of West Alton Avenue around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday .

The three tied up a teenage boy and his mother using duct tape and zip ties, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The father followed the sounds of his wife’s screams to one of the rooms in the house, police said, where he was pistol whipped by the robbers and also tied up.

The mother managed to escape as the robbers ransacked the home. She called for help from a neighbor’s phone, Bertagna said. The robbers fled with money and jewelry.

The father, who is in his 50s, was treated for minor cuts to his face and head at a hospital.

Police said the couple owns a business in Corona. Bertagna said that in many home-invasion robberies business owners are targeted at their workplace and followed home. Police are trying to determine if that might be the case in this robbery, Bertagna said.

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