Los Angeles home invasion suspects tried to pass themselves off as victims
Four suspects have been arrested after a bizarre, early morning home invasion in Los Angeles on Saturday that ended with a resident tying up two of the armed men.
The suspects were armed with a shotgun and three handguns when they allegedly entered the house, said officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The resident, who was the only person home at the time of the invasion, saw the suspects on a home surveillance system and telephoned police at about 2.40am, she said.
As police and Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) units arrived, one suspect was seen fleeing the scene and was immediately apprehended by officers.
Two other suspects remained in the house, while the fourth ran and hid, Eisenman said.
The two men inside then allegedly told the resident to identify them to police as victims, and convinced the resident to tie them up in the home, according to police.
The resident obliged, and fled the home, telling the police what had happened while the two suspects remained tied up inside.
Police did not immediately enter the residence, Eisenman said. After some time the suspects "got tired of waiting" and emerged. They were arrested shortly thereafter, and the fourth suspect was found hiding in the backyard by a canine unit.
Officers recovered a shotgun and three handguns, Eisenman said, but it was unclear whether they were loaded.
No one was harmed, and all four suspects were in custody by about 7.30am, said Eisenman.
"They came out, still tied up, thinking that we were going to believe they were victims also," Eisenman said.
"That's what you call felony stupid."