HIDDEN HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — An investigation was underway on Sunday after an elderly man posed as a police officer and forced his way into a home in Hidden Hills, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 9:40 a.m. to a report of a woman screaming at a home on Long Valley Road, Lt. Robert Ward of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said.
When the deputies arrived, they saw a 75-year-old man in front of the house and subsequently arrested him.
Members of the family that was victimized, who declined to be interviewed on camera, told KTLA that the man knocked on the house’s door, claimed to be a police officer and showed a fake ID.
The woman who answered the door said the man knocked her over, pointed a gun to her head, then forced his way into the home.
The woman’s son, who was upstairs at the time, hid in his room and called 911.
After being arrested, the man told police that he had acted out of desperation, sources said.
He is a father and husband, according to sheriff’s deputies. He was able to pass through the gated entrance to Hidden Hills because he is a former resident of the community, police said.
The man was reportedly armed with two guns, both equipped with silencers. It was unclear how long he was in the home and what exactly transpired during that time.
He faces several felony charges, said Ward, the sheriff’s lieutenant. After initially being set at $100,000, the man’s bail was increased to $1 million Sunday evening.
Hidden Hills is an unincorporated city on the westernmost edge of the San Fernando Valley. It is also an exclusive, gated community, home to many A-list celebrities and high-profile executives.
“I was really surprised because you think a gated city is going to be safe, and people come out here to raise their family,” Hidden Hills resident John Markowitz said.
“And especially everything with gun violence that’s been going on lately, you try to escape it by living behind a gate,” he said.