Armed Men Lock Family in Bathroom: Cops

One of the suspects allegedly grabbed a baby as he searched for cash

By Michelle Wayland
|  Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 1:02 PM PDT
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Armed Men Lock Family in Bathroom

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Police are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a family at gunpoint in Valencia Park.

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Armed Men Lock Family in Bathroom

One of the suspects grabbed a 15-month-old child as he looked for cash, according to a family member.
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A family that was robbed at gunpoint and locked inside a bathroom in their Valencia Park home overnight is terrified that the suspects will strike again.

Police say a large extended family, including two small children, lives inside the home in the 500 block of 58th Street. At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, two of the victims were getting ready to leave the house. Two suspects forced their way inside the home and demanded money, according to police.

"They came in saying 'we know you have cash, give us all the cash that you have’," said Lt. Rohowits. “Went in the kitchen and grabbed a knife and proceeded to hold the rest of the victims at bay while they searched purses and wallets.”

One of the suspects grabbed a 15-month-old child as he looked for cash, according to one of the family members.

The suspects then divided the money between them in front of the victims, forced the family into a small bathroom and fled the scene, according to a family member.

“We should obviously encourage people if they were ever subject to something like this that they comply fully and completely. These people did comply fully and completely and no one inside the house was harmed,” said Lt. David Rohowits.

The suspects stole $1,400 in rent money, jewelry, an ATM card, and an employee ID card, according to the victim.

"This is a horrific incident and something we don't want to see happen to people. Obviously people need to be aware of their surroundings," said Lt. Rohowits.

One of the suspects is described as 20-25 years old, wearing a black hoodie and was armed with a gun. The other suspect is described as 20-25 years old, wearing a blue hoodie and jeans and was armed with a knife that was taken from the victims’ kitchen.

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