Masked suspects tie up man, set fire during Tujunga home invasion

TUJUNGA, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Police were on the hunt for two masked suspects who tied up a man in his Tujunga home and set his carpet on fire early Tuesday.

Los Angeles police and arson investigators responded to the home invasion at about 4 a.m. in the 10200 block of Fairgrove Avenue. Police said two unarmed men wearing masks got inside the home, tied up a 52-year-old man, stole his cash and then set the hallway carpet on fire.

The victim was able to get loose and grabbed a garden hose to put out the fire, police said. By the time authorities arrived, the suspects were gone.

"They were wearing masks, so the description of suspects is very limited," said LAPD Lt. Dino Caldera.

Authorities said the victim was hit on the head, but his injuries were minor.

Police were investigating the incident as random but said that could change. The victim told police he was not sure if he knew either of the suspects.

Neighbors said they were glad the man was OK.

"It can happen anywhere, right?" said Tujunga resident Kaucyila Brooke. "I don't think any place is safe, I don't believe in that."

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