Fake Police Storm Family's Canoga Park Home

CANOGA PARK, Calif. -- A group of men claiming to be police burst into a house in Canoga Park on Tuesday, pistol-whipped two people inside, and grabbed cash and computers, police said.

Four or five men -- at least one armed with what appeared to be a 9mm handgun -- stormed a house at 7756 Owensmouth Ave. just before 8 a.m., said Officer H. Guzman of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Station.

"They take money from the people here, the computers, they take the keys to the cars, and ... they go," said victim Roberto Mengivar to KCAL9. Mengivar's mother lives in the house.

Detailed suspect descriptions were not immediately available, said Sohn, but witnesses told police the men wore masks and dark clothing.

At the time of the robbery, at least eight people were inside, said LAPD Media Relations Officer Julianne Sohn.

Two people were taken to a hospital for treatment of what were described as minor injuries after being hit by the men with their guns, Sohn said.

"Just based on what I've heard, there were some lacerations to the head from the butts of the weapons," Sgt. Calvin Hill told KCAL9. At least one of the victims was released from the hospital this morning, the station reported.

The suspects were thought to be part of the West Valley's Canoga Park Alabama gang, police told KCAL9.

No suspects were immediately reported to be in custody.

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