ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — Police Tuesday were searching for three suspects wanted in home-invasion robberies at two adjacent houses in an upscale Orange County community.
The robberies took place around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Calle Grande in Orange, police said.
According to police, the men broke into one home and tied up a husband and wife and held their college-aged daughter at gun point as they ransacked the home.
The male homeowner was finally able to escape through an open window and alert authorities around 12:45 a.m., according to Orange police.
“When we arrived on scene, we located a different set of victims from another house and then our search has been ongoing for the suspects,” Sgt. Phil McMullin said.
A man at another residence was either cut or stabbed in the hand during that robbery.
“They had guns, they had guns. They put guns to our heads,” his wife said.
The man was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition.
SWAT, Anaheim and Orange police, a K-9 Unit and a sheriff’s helicopter searched the neighborhood for the suspects, who authorities called armed and dangerous.
“They [police] came out and told us to just come back in and they all had just huge guns and rifles. They said to lock our homes, just to call 911 if anything was going on,” a neighbor said.
The search of the neighborhood was called off around 11: 40 a.m., officials said.
At least one other neighbor told CBS2/KCAL9 that his home was burglarized last month.
Authorities did not release a motive for the home invasions or disclose what was stolen from the homes.