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Home-invasion robbers strike 2 Orange homes

August 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police are investigating two dramatic home-invasion robberies in an upscale neighborhood in Orange. A family of three was tied up, while another family was held at gunpoint while thieves ransacked their home.

Residents of two adjacent homes said gun-toting thieves broke into their houses in the 300 block of Calle Grande around 10 p.m. Monday.

Police were seeking three African-American men. There was no description of a suspect vehicle.

One of the victims said she and her husband managed to escape through a bathroom window around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"They had guns," said one of the victims. "They held guns to our heads."

An Orange police spokesperson said the department received a 911 call made by one of the victims at 12:30 a.m. The caller stated that armed suspects entered the home and robbed them. When police arrived, they found another set of victims at the neighboring home.

One of the victims and her husband escaped through a bathroom window. One victim suffered a cut to his hand.

Paramedics treated a man for a minor hand injury. The rest of the victims, although physically unharmed, were very shaken up.

The SWAT team went door to door trying to find the three suspects, who have only been described as black men. Investigators thought that the suspects may have been hiding in a specific home. Officers searched the home, but no one was found.

Police said they responded quickly to the 911 call, which is why they believe the suspects may not have had time to flee the area. Some homes were evacuated. Residents who were allowed to stay were asked to keep their doors and windows locked.

It's not clear what was stolen from the two homes, and it's not known whether the homes were specifically targeted.