Attackers Accused of Using Taser Against 3 Victims in Rancho Palos Verdes Home-Invasion Robbery

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The 30100 block of Cartier Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes is shown. (Credit: Google Maps)

One person was being sought Friday after two people were detained in connection to a home-invasion robbery in Rancho Palos Verdes in which investigators said a Taser was used against three victims, and more than $53,000 in valuables and cash was stolen.

A person called officials around 9:06 a.m. indicating someone inside a residence in the 30700 block of Cartier Drive was being assaulted with a Taser, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The attackers fled when sheriff’s deputies responded, and one was “immediately” apprehended.

A containment area was established, and two others were later located by a Sheriff’s Department helicopter walking on a nearby canyon.

One person, who was allegedly armed with a handgun, was detained and the search for the third person continued as of Friday night.

The attackers “possibly expected the victims to be home” when they forced their way into the residence, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

It was not known how many people were inside the home at the time, but “some” were bound by devices brought by the robbers.

Three of the victims were then assaulted with a Taser in an effort to find out where their valuables were located. They sustained minor injuries during the attack.

The robbers got away with about $50,000 worth of jewelry, and between $3,000 and $4,000 in cash. Some of the stolen items were recovered from those who were arrested, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

The boyfriend of a neighbor of the targeted home called KTLA to say that, after the robbery, a family member ran to the neighbor’s home to call authorities.

The boyfriend, who did not want himself or his girlfriend to be identified, said the victim reported her family had been tied up by four men.

Officials initially said three people had been detained and they were searching for a fourth, but later indicated three people were involved, one of whom was still being sought.

The two people who were arrested were only identified as Lancaster residents.

They were booked at the Sheriff’s Department’s Lomita Station for kidnapping during the commission of a robbery, according to the news release.

Their bail was $1 million.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Lomita Station Detective Sergeant Arellano at 310-891-3205.  Anonymous tippers could call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to 274637, or  visit the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.