Three armed robbers invaded and ransacked a Diamond Bar home early Friday, tying up five members of a family and raping a 13-year-old girl before escaping, authorities said.
The robbery began about 1:30 a.m. when the men--wearing ski masks and wielding guns--piled out of a stolen Ford Aerostar van and cut the telephone lines outside the home on Shaded Wood Road. They then stormed the house where the girl lived with her 12-year-old brother, her parents and grandparents, said Lt. Bob Knapp of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Knapp said the robbers ransacked the house for about an hour, stealing several pieces of valuable jewelry and loading stereo and other electronic equipment into the victims' Dodge Caravan.
The three men fled in separate cars, taking the victims' Lexus in addition to the two vans. After the robbers left, the victims freed themselves and called 911 from a neighbor's house, Knapp said.