Two armed men broke into a Pasadena residence, knifed the man living there after confronting him and stole cellphones, a computer, a purse, and cash before fleeing shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning, police said.
The home invasion style attack took place in the 1900 block of East Villa Street, Pasadena Police Lt. William Grisafe said.
The male victim and his girlfriend had arrived home about 90 minutes earlier after they both completed their work shifts at different restaurants, Grisafe said.
The 24-year-old woman went to bed while the 25-year-old man stayed up late to complete a homework assignment on his computer, Grisafe said. The woman soon was awakened by a commotion in the living room area.
Grisafe said the woman saw a man with a handgun dressed in black and wearing a bandana across his face attacking her boyfriend, who appeared to already be injured. The robber was demanding money and valuables. The suspect struck the man in the head with the butt of the gun and fled.
Arriving police searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect.
Later, during the medical treatment of his numerous lacerations, the man told authorities that there had in fact been two attackers, Grisafe said. Each robber was armed with a handgun and one also had a knife, the man said.
Grisafe said the man was transported to a local hospital with major injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.
The woman was not injured during the incident.
Grisafe noted that home invasion style robberies are extremely rare occurrences in Pasadena.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241, or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477); by using your smartphone to download the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google Play or the Apple App Store; or by using the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.