Woman tied up in home-invasion robbery

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. Investigators were talking with the victim, described by police as a woman in her mid-20s. She's lived with her husband for a number of years, according to the neighbors. Her husband was not home at the time when the suspect knocked on the door forced his way in, armed with a handgun.

The home-invasion robbery took place just after noon Wednesday in Huntington Beach.

"Someone knocked at the door and she opened the door, and I guess he pushed his way in," said neighbor Cindy Schafer.

Police say the suspect was armed with a handgun, and stole cash and jewelry from the house.

Authorities have not confirmed exactly what happened to the victim, but neighbors say they heard a woman yelling for help.

"Yelling out her bathroom window, she said she was tied up and there was a man in the house with a gun, and to call 911," said neighbor Gary Manoli.

The robbery took place in an upscale neighborhood a block away from the beach, where most neighbors know each other.

"It's incredibly disturbing to think that could happen in broad daylight and in a community where we all take care of each other and take care of each other's home when we're away," said Schafer.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, between 25 and 28 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin build. He has collar-length curly blond hair. At the time, he was wearing a dark baseball cap, sunglasses, blue jeans and work-out gloves.

"I can't believe it," said Manoli. "We're kind of shaken up. Me and my wife were kind of shaken up here, because it's so close."

It was not known if the suspect left the home on foot or in a vehicle.

If you have any information related to this case, call the Huntington Beach Police Department at (714) 375-5066.

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