MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A woman and her father were tied up at gunpoint Thursday night while two men robbed their Manhattan Beach home.
The unidentified woman arrived to her house in the 1600 block of Fifth Street around 8:30 p.m. when she was confronted by the suspects, according to neighbor Kimberly Frye.
“She came home. The guys were already in her house. That’s when they tied her down…tied her hands behind her back…and made her lay on the floor. Her dad came home an hour later,” she said.
The woman’s father, who didn’t want to go on camera, said when he got home, one of the suspects put a gun to his head and pistol-whipped him.
He said the robbers tied them up with their neckties.
Frye said while one suspect ransacked the house, the female victim tried to talk to the other suspect.
“She tried to have conversations, and tell them about her life, and what she goes through and what she does as a job. Just to make her seem more like a human, so they wouldn’t hurt her,” she said.
KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reported that the victims were tied up for at least four hours as the men looked for jewelry and cash.
Frye said when the suspects finally left, the victims got loose and ran across the street to her home for help. She said the father was bleeding at the top of his head.
“He came in, he seemed like he was in shock,” said Frye.
Linda Reinstein, who lives nearby, said her house was also broken into four weeks ago. The suspects in that case took her jewelry and cash.
“I sobbed. We worked so hard our whole life to live in this city,” she said. “Everyone needs to be mindful and use neighborhood watch.”
The culprits were described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with medium builds. One was about 20 to 30 years old and the other was between 25 to 35 years old.
Both men were wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
Anyone with information about the crime was asked to contact detectives at (310) 802-5127.