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|Panorama City Home Invasion|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 17 October 2013 01:46|
Suspect Surprised by Police Knock At the Door
Panorama City (CNS) - A young woman home alone with her baby in Panorama City was terrorized during a home-invasion robbery, but she managed to dial 911 when she first realized something was amiss and all three suspects were arrested.
The mother awoke around 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, to a sound at a side window of her home in the 8100 block of Wakefield Avenue, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon. She spotted a man pacing in her front yard and asked him through a window what he wanted.
Vernon said the man replied that he was looking for someone named Omar, but the woman then heard a noise from the back of her home and realized two masked men had entered through a window, pushed over a dresser and demanded cash, saying they knew she had money, Vernon said.
One of the masked men was carrying a gun and continued to demand money, despite the woman's pleas not to hurt her because she had a baby, Vernon said. She showed the men where she had some money she had obtained in a recent court settlement, but they were interrupted by a knock at the front door.
Thinking the knock was from their accomplice in the front yard, one of the masked men opened the door, only to see an LAPD officer who had responded to a 911 call the woman placed when she originally saw the man in her front yard, Vernon said. "The masked robber got a surprise when it was a uniformed LAPD officer (at the door) who had answered the 911 call,'' Vernon said, noting that the man in the front yard had already been taken into custody. The robber slammed the door, and he and the other suspect fled the home.
"We're lucky there wasn't a shooting right there, given this man was armed,'' Vernon said."The robber and his partner jumped out a back window, and the chase was on.''
Aided by a helicopter crew, police tracked the suspects to a CVS store at Van Nuys and Roscoe boulevards, where they surrendered. Police at the woman's home found a gun, which had apparently been dropped or tossed in a closet by one of the suspects, Vernon said.
Vernon said the robbery was not a random crime, since the suspects apparently knew that the woman had recently come into some money in a court settlement.