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Homeowner, dog shot in home-invasion robbery

December 16, 2009 12:11:43 AM PST
Several suspects were in police custody Wednesday after a violent home-invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills. The suspects led police on a wild pursuit before crashing in the Wilshire area of L.A.According to police, three of the four suspects forced their way into the home on the 8100 block of Mannix Drive at about 1:40 a.m., while the fourth suspect waited outside in a getaway vehicle. The LAPD received multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired and a robbery in progress, with witnesses describing a white Dodge Charger leaving the scene.

When officers approached the crime scene, they spotted a car leaving the area that matched the description of the suspect vehicle.

"[Officers] attempted to do a traffic stop, a pursuit ensued, which terminated in the Wilshire area at Pico and Hauser. Officers from Hollywood Division, Wilshire Division and Metropolitan Division K-9 established a perimeter, did a search, and recovered all four suspects that were in that car, in addition to property taken in the robbery," said LAPD Lt. Robert Binder.

During the home invasion, the suspects forced the man in the house to open a safe, took a large amount of cash, then shot the victim in the throat, and then shot the owner's dog.

The victim was in good condition Wednesday evening at a local hospital, and the dog underwent surgery at a veterinary hospital as was in good condition.

There were two other people in the house at the time of the incident, including a newborn baby. They were not injured.

Neighbors say the area is very quiet.

"The big thing up here is 'follow-homes.' This doesn't appear to have been one. Or maybe it was," said Hollywood Hills resident Kristan Wagner. "That is the thing most of the neighborhood is aware of and tries to avoid. Be aware of who's behind you."

"We do have some information as to why he was targeted," said Binder. "We are not releasing that information at this time, but for the folks that live up in the Hollywood Hills, be sure to know that it was not a random act of violence. They specifically targeted that address and those victims for a specific purpose."


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