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5 masked gunman sought in home invasion robbery

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POSTED December 8, 2012 2:20 a.m.

The Magna Terra neighborhood, bordered by Cottage Avenue on the west and North Street on the south and just north of Doctors Hospital, is on edge after an armed home invasion robbery at 1:54 a.m. Thursday.

Neighbors have said they have readied themselves in case the same should happen to them in the coming days. One woman living nearby said she has asked her husband to check her out again at a range on the proper use of their handguns.

Manteca Police confirmed Friday morning that five masked young adult gunmen entered the home of a retired couple in their mid-60s in the 300 block of Shepard Way via a side garage access door. They made their way up the stairs to a second story bedroom where they confronted the couple at gunpoint.  One gunman reportedly put the muzzle of his gun in the homeowner’s mouth demanding cooperation from him and his wife.

The couple had been asleep. They were said awakened by hearing a loud bang downstairs that preceded one of the men coming into their bedroom wearing a white mask. 

Stolen were assorted household electronic items, money and an array of jewelry.  Also taken was a 2006 Jeep Cherokee that had been parked in the garage. Detectives were interviewing the pair late Friday morning in their home in a search for leads in their investigation.

The man was most concerned about a chain and gold nugget that he wore day and night that belonged to a late son who had been killed in a crash.  The nugget was reportedly around his neck when he was awakened in his bed.

The couple told officers they had heard their Jeep being driven away after the gunmen left their home.  It was undetermined whether they had come into the area in another vehicle. There were no reports of anyone seeing the men exit the house.

Officers released descriptions on two of the suspects.  One stood about 5-foot-7 and weighed about 170 pounds.  He wore all black clothing wearing a white ski mask armed with a silver handgun.

The second suspect was described as being about 5-foot-10 and possibly 180 pounds. He also wearing all black clothing, a white mask and using a black handgun.

Anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects are urged to contact Detective Rob Armosino at (209) 456-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 823-4636.

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