Gunmen Enter Unlocked Door, Tie Up Grandmother with Duct Tape

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    Police are searching for two gunmen who bound a grandmother up with duct tape and robbed her while her baby granddaughter was inside her Fremont home. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Thursday, Aug 7, 2014)

    Police are searching for two gunmen who bound a grandmother up with duct tape and robbed her while her baby granddaughter was inside her Fremont home.

    Fremont police said the gunmen broke into a home in the 4200 block of Deep Creek Road between Shylock Drive and Othello Road about 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday. The suspects entered through an unlocked rear door while the grandmother was cooking.

    The 57-year-old grandmother was held at gunpoint, and the home was robbed. At some point, she was able to call 911. NBC Bay Area is not naming her to protect her privacy.

    “One of the suspects duct-taped her entire head, while the other suspect held her at gunpoint,” Fremont Police Spokesperson Geneva Bosques said.

    Then they forced the woman to the ground, where she hit her head and blacked out for a while. She said she can remember one of the burglars moving the tape from her nose so she could breathe.

    “We don’t carry cash in the house,” said Terri Pham, the victim's daughter. “We know Asians are targeted and known for carrying a lot of cash. We understand. We don’t do that.”

    The robbers ran off in an unknown direction.

    Police described the first suspect as an Asian man about 30- to 35-years-old with black hair, 5 feet 10 inches and weighing 200 pounds. He wore a white, short-sleeved T-shirt and a baseball cap. The second suspect was described as an Asian man about 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, 200 pounds, wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt.

    Police said the two men walked into the home through an open sliding glass door near the kitchen. They got away with some cash, jewelry and purses.

    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (510)-790-6900 or email JBlass@fremont.gov.