Couple Recovering After Being Tied Up, Pistol-Whipped During Mid-Day Home Invasion

An East Long Beach couple is in stable condition Thursday after one was bound and another pistol-whipped during a violent mid-day home-invasion Wednesday.

According to police, officers responded to reports of a robbery at around 12:30PM to a home in the 3100 block of Shadypark Dr., near the intersection of Woodruff Ave. and Los Coyotes Diagonal. By the time police arrived, the suspects had already fled the scene and the victims were taken to the hospital. 

A neighbor who spoke to both the Long Beach Register and the Press-Telegram said the victims were a couple in their 50s who were alone at the time of the attack and that the suspects were two men and a woman driving a silver four-door getaway car. The neighbor said she heard screaming and walked outside to find one of the suspects in the front yard struggling with the man who lived in the house. She scared off the attacker, who got sped away in the waiting car.

Witnesses told the papers the male victim had blood on his face and had been pistol whipped. The woman came out of the house with her wrists and ankles still bound with an electrical cord.

“I am concerned and send my deepest sympathy to the victims of this horrible crime,” said 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, whose district includes the home that was invaded. “These are brazen suspects to have broken into a home in broad daylight and attacked an elderly couple in order to rob them. I hope the couple recovers quickly from this heinous crime.”

The suspects remain outstanding and the investigation is ongoing.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.