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Violent Home Invasion Robberies Investigated

July 15, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

Police are investigating a string of violent home invasion robberies in which gunmen have bound and pistol-whipped victims in four Orange County cities, sometimes torturing residents to reveal where they hide their valuables.

Since May, gunmen have ransacked about a dozen homes in Westminster, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove, fleeing with tens of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry.

The masked gunmen generally target wealthy Asian businessmen. Residents are usually tied up and are often beaten.

Victims described the assailants as Asian, ranging in age from the late teens to early 30s.

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