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Robbery leaves men shaken

Posted: January 6, 2009 9:22 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2009 4:59 a.m.
Residents of a Saugus home were afraid to go back Tuesday after they were bound and held at gunpoint during a home-invasion robbery.

Two armed men broke into the home, where seven people lived, taped up four residents and stole $4,000, according to one of the victims.

The two suspects - one with a gun and one with a knife - entered the house in the 23000 block of La Granja Drive before 8:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The suspects are still at large.

"Nobody wants to come back," said the home's owner, who didn't want to be identified.

Six Cuban refugees and the homeowner live in the house atop a hill in Saugus.

Miguel, one of the refugees, said he was sleeping when the robbers broke in. He was punched, tied up and had a gun pressed against his neck, he said.

"I was scared to death," Miguel said, speaking through a translator. The men, dressed in baseball caps, spoke English and Spanish and demanded money from Miguel's girlfriend, who also lives at the house.

"Would you prefer to die or give us the money?" Miguel said, describing the suspects' demands.

The two invaders roughed up the woman, who surrendered $4,000 worth of possessions, Miguel said.

"She was stabbed and strangled," he continued.

"Any time he saw someone hitting his girlfriend, he wanted to do something, but (Miguel) couldn't," he said.

Miguel's girlfriend is recovering from stab wounds and bruises at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Miguel said.

A tied-up 16-year-old victim managed to jump out of a second-story bedroom and crawled to the neighbor's house to call the Sheriff's Department, Miguel said.

A suspect discovered that one of the victims called deputies and fled the scene, Cambra said.

Miguel came to the United States three months ago. He narrowly escaped from Cuba to get here and said he is happy to be alive after the robbery.

"I never thought this would happen," he said.

The suspects are described as two male Hispanics in their 40s with brown hair and brown eyes.

One suspect stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. The second suspect stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds.

Deputies ask anyone with information to call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.

Signal photographer Francisca Rivas contributed to this report.


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