A trio of gunmen forced their way into a Westside home less than two hours before an actor in Beverly Grove shot at home-invasion robbers.
LOS ANGELES, CA — A trio of gunmen forced their way into a home in West Los Angeles Tuesday, the first of two violent home-invasion robberies in the area overnight.
As in several high-profile robberies plaguing the region, the gunmen were after watches, according to the victim, a man who works for a watch company. He told KTLA, the men followed him home as he walked his dog, and they forced their way into his house, tied up his wife, and demanded his watches. In a second home-invasion robbery just 90 minutes later, the victim fired on a pair of gunmen who broke into his home in Beverly Grove. In both cases, the robber got away. The first robbery occurred at about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of Butler Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
A man identified as Alex told KTLA he was confronted by three armed men who demanded that he give them his high-end watches. "One of them went up, grabbed my wife, tied her up with a zip tie, and forced me to take them up into the room where I had my watches, and they basically took the watches and they were gone, two minutes later," he said. "I work for a watch company, so I guess they kind of figured that I had watches."
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The value of the stolen watches was not disclosed. No injuries were reported. Investigators did not immediately know if the robbery involved the same suspects who broke into a home in Beverly Grove at about 1:20 a.m. in the 8600 block of Burton Way, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Cervantes. Los Angeles police are looking for two armed suspects who broke into the home of an actor in the upscale neighborhood.
Those would-be home-invasion robbers were thwarted when their victim opened fire on them. The Beverly Grove incident happened just before 1:30 a.m. in the 8600 block of Burton Way, Officers were called to respond to reports of shots fired, Cervantes said.
They arrived to discover that it was the victim of a home-invasion robbery who opened fire on two men who broke into his home. Actor and influencer Enzo Zelocchi told Eyewitness News he was sitting in his living room when two suspects dressed in black broke down his door. "I was already with my gun behind the door because I had the closet over there where I kept one of my guns," he told ABC 7. "I shot twice and they ran like bunnies." The would-be robbers fled empty-handed, according to police. Authorities did not release suspect or vehicle descriptions for the robbery.