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Couple Terrorized, Robbed in Sherman Oaks Home Invasion

Cash and jewelry stolen by two men who tricked their way into the home.

Police in Sherman Oaks are searching for a pair of bandits who terrorized two senior citizens in a home invasion robbery in the 4900 block of Matilija Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The robbers forced their way into the home after inducing the couple to open the door by telling them a package had arrived, police said.

"The couple was definitely roughed up a bit," said Sgt. Robert Ward of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man who lives at the home was beaten about the head, bound with zip ties and placed in a closet; while the woman, who was not bound, fled to a bathroom, police said. Both victims are in their 60s, police said.

The man was treated by paramedics but did not seek hospital treatment.

The robbers ransacked the house before fleeing.

"At this point, we can only say they took cash and jewelery," said a sergeant at the LAPD's Van Nuys Division.

 Police have not provided descriptions of the attackers and detectives declined to say what kind of weapons were used by the two men.

A neighbor who declined to give his name said crime in the residential area was low. "That's not something you really expect to happen around here," he said.

Sherman Oaks Patch will provide more details as they become available.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Louie Carlos Contreras December 20, 2011 at 06:54 PM
It's very unsettling when this happens on your block (mine) or in our neighborhood, keep a watchful eye out and be sure not to open door after dark (for candy sellers or politicians) unless you know who they are...we talk through the window or peephole after dark always.
Lightnapper December 21, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Crime happens everywhere. No person or location is ever 100 percent secure. Never open the door to strangers, especially at night. If they are legitimate-- whatever thier business--, they will leave a note or a business card. Just because someone knocks on your door, doesn't mean you have to answer it...same for the phone...ring...ring....
Momlee December 22, 2011 at 02:52 AM
Unfortunately no neighborhood is safe anymore. I got an iron door that locks from the inside so when I open my door I feel safe. I also never open my door after dark. I also don't go out at nite anymore unless I'm with someone. These times are difficult for many people and I'm not surprised our safe neighborhood has changed. Watch when you go to the bank or grocery store that you're not being followed home. I have heard stories about that happening as well. Be safe, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah to all my wonderful neighbors.
Alex Daniels March 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM
MOST of these home invasion robberies are perpetrated by people who actually know the victims and their penchant for storing lots of cash at home (to avoid paying Income tax, of course)...Its bad that it happens but thats what banks and safe deposit boxes are for.....It is by no means an accurate barometer of the crime level in the area.

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