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Couple tied up in car trunk in La Puente home invasion

December 21, 2011 |  7:12 am

La Puente home invasion
Authorities were looking Tuesday for two men suspected of staging an early-morning home invasion robbery in La Puente that left one of the residents with a head laceration.

A male resident told investigators he was accosted outside his home in the 17000 block of Main Street around 1:50 a.m. as he left for work.

Two suspects wearing ski masks escorted the victim back into his home and demanded $200,000, said Lt. Victor Sotelo of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

When the man told the robbers he didn't have much money, one of them hit him over the head with a handgun, causing the weapon to discharge into the ceiling, authorities said. The suspects tied up the man and his wife with electrical cords and locked them inside the trunk of their car in the garage.

The suspects then ransacked the house, taking about $2,400 in cash, and fled the scene. After they left, the victims were able to free themselves and called police. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition with a head laceration, Sotelo said.

Detectives are looking into whether the suspects targeted the home, he said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Industry sheriff’s station detectives at (626) 330-3322.

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Photo: Scene of La Puente home invasion robbery. Credit: KTLA-TV.

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