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Diamond Bar Resident Recognizes Alleged Home Invasion Robber As His Friend

Two people -- one with a handgun, another with a stun gun -- entered a Diamond Bar residence and fought with residents before leaving with cash.

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A Diamond Bar resident who scuffled with two armed individuals in an armed home invasion robbery early Thursday says he recognized one of them as his friend.

"I cannot say anything, he is my friend you know," the victim said.

Deputies from the Walnut/Diamond Sheriff's Station were called at about 1:30 a.m. to the 23000 block of Sunset Crossing Road. They were told two armed men -- one with a handgun, another with a stun gun -- entered the residence and assaulted the homeowner, punching him several times.

"It's scary I had no idea this was happening so it's concerning.. I'm walking with my son to school," said Kendall Birkett, a neighbor.

The masked thieves stole approximately $3,000 in cash before leaving the home in eastern Los Angeles County.

No arrests were reported. A man was taken into custody at the scene, but it was not immediately clear whether he was connected to the crime.

"It's the first time that happened something like this in this neighborhood in the 13 years I've been here," said Jose Palacios, a neighbor.


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Two people were in the house at the time.

The victim says he is heartbroken because he says his friend is the one who set him up to be robbed.

"The money is not important, that's friendship, what's the friendship?" the victim said.

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