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Sketch released of home-invasion robber

March 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The search is on for a suspect believed to be behind a string of home-invasion robberies in Orange and Los Angeles counties, and authorities say he may have struck again.The man is suspected of carrying out at least 10 home-invasion robberies. Investigators say his most recent victim was a grandmother.

According to authorities, 10 home-invasion robberies have taken place between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. since January in Orange County and L.A. counties. Now authorities have a sketch of that suspect as well as a vehicle description.

A sketch of a suspect as described by one of his victims, a grandmother who only wanted to be identified as "Graciela."

"Every time he want some money, he says 'give me money, give me money,'" said Graciela. "'Where's your purse?' I say take everything, whatever you want."

A week ago, a man resembling the police sketch entered Graciela's Stanton home through an unlocked door just after 6 p.m. Graciela's son and grandson were in another room, unaware of what was happening as the suspect allegedly held a gun to Graciela's head as she led him around the house to the valuables.

"He has a big gun, silver-colored, and all the time he follows me," said Graciela.

Authorities allege the suspect is linked to 10 home-invasion robberies: seven in Orange County, and the three most recent in L.A. County. Police say in some cases he approaches victims from behind when they arrive home. In other cases, he enters through unlocked doors or windows.

"He pulls out his handgun, points it at the victim's head, and demands valuables, usually cash and jewelry," said Jim Amormino, Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

The suspect is described as African American, 18-25 years old, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with a muscular build, a light mustache and often wears a black hooded jacket. He carries a silver handgun.

His actions still haunt Graciela, who warns people to keep their doors locked at all times.

"I don't want anybody else to have this experience because it's terrible," said Graciela.

In the meantime, in one of the home invasion robberies they did spot a vehicle. That vehicle was a 2-door black BMW, and it stood out, it was unusual because it had black rims.

If you recognize that suspect or have any related information, call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (866) TIP-OCSD (866-847-6273).


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