Home invasion reported at Downey apartment

DOWNEY - Downey police are still on the search for the three suspects who invaded a Downey apartment complex on Sunday, taking nearly $2,300 worth of possessions.According to police, the home invasion robbery took place late Sunday night around 11 p.m., when the victims, who live on the 10000 block of Imperial Highway, heard a knock at the door. Upon opening the door, the first suspect asked for an individual by name. When the victim told him that no one by that name lived at the residence, a second suspect wearing a black ski mask and brandishing a handgun ran inside the apartment. The victims were ordered to the ground, and one was bound, while the three suspects ransacked the apartment. The suspects escaped on foot with the property, leaving the victims shaken up, but unharmed. Police describe the suspects as Hispanic males in their early 20's. Sgt. Alex Irizabal said police canvassed the area, but have picked up no solid leads yet. Sunday's invasion marks the second home invasion in the last two weeks, but Irizabal assures residents that there has been no large spike in home invasions. "They're very sporadic," he said. "But please be vigilant - talk to people through the window. You open the door to help these people, but they're just trying to get you to lower your defenses." Anyone with information on the robbery should contact Detective Steve Aubuchon at (562) 904-2361 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

********** Published: December 25, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 35