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Home invasion suspects pose as cops

March 13, 2009 8:02:38 AM PDT
Authorities are searching for two home invasion suspects who got inside a home by posing as police officers in Altadena.Police responded to the 3400 block of Fair Oaks Avenue at about 9 p.m.

The victim, Francisco Munoz, showed Eyewitness News his ransacked bedroom, clothes strewn on the floor and closets and drawers open.

Munoz said the two men were dressed in dark clothing that looked like police uniforms. The suspects gave him a flier and said they needed help with an investigation that was going on in the neighborhood.

Something didn't look quite right, and Munoz became suspicious.

"He looked down at their feet and saw they were wearing tennis shoes," said Sgt. John Stanley from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Munoz looked outside to see if there was a police vehicle, and at that point, the suspects brandished handguns, forced him to the ground inside the home.

Munoz said the suspects not only tied his hands and feet, they also covered his face.

The suspects asked Munoz about a safe. He told them he didn't have a safe, and he said he thought the suspects were going to kill him.

The suspects ransacked the house and fled with $2,000 cash, jewelry, his wallet and his phone.

Munoz said he yelled to his neighbors for help.

"I'm very surprised this would happen so close to home, and especially impostering police," said one resident.

Neighbor Opal Joseph said someone knocked at her door recently.

"They pretended that they were selling magazines, but I don't think they were," she said.

Munoz said he was not hurt, and was glad his family was not home at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Altadena station at (626) 798-1131.


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