Family Tied Up, Teen Pistol-Whipped in Toluca Lake Home-Invasion Robbery - NBC Southern California

Family Tied Up, Teen Pistol-Whipped in Toluca Lake Home-Invasion Robbery

Robbers escape with jewelry, police said



    Three robbers broke into a home tucked away on a private road in Toluca Lake, tied up a family, pistol-whipped their teenage son and escaped with jewelry, police said. Annette Arreola reports for NBC4's Today in LA on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013)

    Three jewelry thieves -- at least one armed with a handgun -- broke into a home on a quiet Toluca Lake cul-de-sac early Wednesday morning, tied up a couple and their teenage son and at one point pistol-whipped the boy, according to police.

    The home-invasion robbery happened about 1:45 a.m. on Toluca Estates Drive, a private road adjacent to Lakeside Golf Club.

    The thieves entered the home through an upstairs window and bound the family. One of the robbers struck the teen with his firearm, police said. The boy was hospitalized with minor injuries.

    None of the victims were able to provide a description of their captors, police said.

    "Well basically we have our prints coming out. We'll obviously analyze the evidence and we have some leads, so we'll be following up on those leads," LAPD Detective Dan Fournier said.

    The three men left with jewelry and other property, according to police.

    It was unclear how the men gained access to the private road.

    "It's very shocking. This is a neighborhood that you almost think is in kind of the Midwest quiet town and not in the center of LA," neighbor Kathy Jermain said. "The worst I've seen on the street is a skunk."

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