Four men were in custody Friday on $1 million bail each on suspicion of committing an armed home-invasion robbery of a “traumatized” elderly couple in Hacienda Heights.
The crime occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of Oldridge Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The four men were booked on suspicion of various crimes, including robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment, and were expected to be arraigned Friday in West Covina Court.
The suspects were identified as Tyler Evans, 22, of Los Angeles; Jimmy Griffin, 18, of Tarzana; Michael Brown, 18, of Lancaster; and Jonathan Oliva, 18, of Los Angeles. A 17-year-old boy was detained in connection with the investigation. His name was not released.
“Several suspects rushed into the home of an elderly couple who had just returned home,” a sheriff’s department statement said.
“The suspects, armed with a pistol, forced the victims throughout their home, demanding cash and valuables, (and) fled with several thousand dollars and valuable jewelry,” the statement said.
The victims were “traumatized but not physically harmed,” the sheriff’s department reported.
Detectives canvassed the neighborhood and used witness statements and nearby home security video footage to identify a likely suspect vehicle, the department reported.
“A short time later, patrol deputies from the South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station located the vehicle and detained several individuals within it,” the department reported.
Authorities recovered a pistol from the vehicle, along with personal property belonging to the victims, the department reported. The firearm had been reported stolen from a recent home-invasion robbery in July in Hacienda Heights.
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