PALMDALE – Four people were injured, two of them seriously, in a violent home invasion robbery in Palmdale carried out by three intruders and a getaway driver, authorities said.
The break-in took place around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, inside a home at 38227 Meadow Lane about, said sheriff’s Lt. Brian Dunn, watch commander at the sheriff’s Palmdale Station.
“One of the suspects knocked on the door and it was answered by a woman inside,” Dunn said, “When she opened the door the first suspect slammed her in the face with a pistol, knocking her down.
“The suspect then pushed open the door and he and two others ran [inside],” Dunn said. “The suspects ordered everyone down on the ground. The suspects then pistol-whipped a second man inside the home, and then a third man, who had some medical problems and had trouble getting off the couch. He was hit on the head with a gun.”
“A fourth man then heard the commotion and came out from one of the bedrooms, Dunn said. “That man was also pistol-whipped by one of the suspects.”
With all four people on the ground, Dunn said, the suspects proceeded to ransack the house.
“They stole money — but we’re not giving out a total — a laptop, jewelry and a gold chain,” Dunn said. “They also took some bottles of alcohol, some clothes and some shoes.”
The three men then ran from the house to a purple or dark blue SUV which was being driven by a fourth suspect. The four robbers then headed west from the house and disappeared from sight, Dunn added.
Two of the victims — a man and the woman — were transported to a hospital and are listed in fair condition this morning, according to the sheriff’s department. The other two victims were treated at the scene.
The victims were pretty shaken by the experience and unable to give investigators a description of the suspects, other than they were men, Dunn said.
Anyone with information on this robbery crew is asked to call the sheriff’s Palmdale station at (661) 272-2400. All tips can be submitted anonymously.
Editor’s note: Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Dunn told City News Service that four people were injured in the home invasion robbery. However, a news release issued by the Sheriff’s Information Bureau put the number of victims at three. Read the news release here.