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An 84-year-old Studio City resident was home Wednesday recovering from an evening of terror as she was bashed in the face with a handgun by one of two home-invasion burglars.

Police said the break-in was apparently a “knock-knock” burglary gone wrong, as two suspects knocked on the pricey home’s front door and got no response. A neighbor said the burglars then went to the back of the home, broke a window and went inside.

But there they were confronted unexpectedly by the woman victim who was then attacked, Tony Im of the LAPD Media Relations Section told a newspaper.

What should you do if you’re a home invasion “knock-knock” burglary target? Police warned against any confrontation with likely violent gang members. Instead, make your presence known by calling out to them and then leave your home before calling police.

In the Studio City break-in, the woman was home alone when the crime occurred about 6:45 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Oakdell Road. Police did not disclose whether the burglars took any valuables from the home.

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The woman was taken to a hospital after the incident, Los Angeles police Officer Aareon Jefferson told the Los Angeles Daily News. He described the crime as a home invasion robbery.

A neighbor who asked not to be identified said two men went to the woman’s home and rang the doorbell before they headed to the back of the residence, broke a window and went inside.

No further details were available, but police were hunting the two suspects.

The LAPD earlier this year warned residents against “knock-knock” burglars, saying they are often violence-prone gang members.

“My recommendation is make your presence known (to the suspects), but don’t be confrontational,” Lt. Todd Hankel told the Daily News. “They’re trying to avoid detection and avoid confrontation. They want the money, guns and jewelry and then they want to leave the area.”

He said yelling something such as, “what’s going on?” or “who’s there?” may encourage the burglars to leave the residence. Hankel said that after a resident makes it clear there’s someone in the house, it’s a good idea to leave the premises and call police from some other location.

–Staff and wire reports

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