Mountain View Voice

News - September 17, 2010

Man injured in home-invasion robbery

Septuagenarian and caregiver bound by masked gunmen

by Nick Veronin

A 72-year-old man and his female caregiver were the victims of a home-invasion robbery this morning on the 1300 block of Phyllis Avenue on Tuesday morning, Sept. 14, police said.

Dispatchers received a call at 9:15 a.m. reporting that masked gunmen had broken into the Mountain View home and bound the man and his caregiver, said Jaime Garret, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department. The gunmen burglarized the home and fled, and one of the occupants, although still bound, was able to call for help.

Both the man and the woman were still tied when police arrived, Garret said. The man had been struck in the face during the robbery. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Garret said many details surrounding the robbery could not yet be made public, because the investigation is ongoing. She could only say that there was more than one assailant, they carried at least one gun and wore masks. It is not known what, if anything, was stolen from the home.

A man who lives down the street from the victims' home said he and his wife were returning home from a morning stroll when he saw the police outside. The man, who asked not to be identified, said that police "canvassed the neighbors," but as far as he knew, no one had heard anything during the robbery.

He speculated that the robbers may have targeted the home because the elderly man living there was a collector of various things. "A lot of it is junk, but some of it is good, too," the man said.

He's not concerned for his safety, the man said. "It doesn't bother me," he said. "I'm too old to worry about stuff like that."

Garret said that the police advise anyone confronted by armed robbers to comply with the assailants' requests.

"The best thing the a victim of a robbery can do is cooperate with the robbers," Garret said, "and once they are in a safe location, contact the police for help."

Anyone with information regarding the robbery can call the Mountain View Police Department anonymously at (650) 903-6344.

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