One person has been detained following an early morning armed home-invasion robbery in affluent San Marino, police said Wednesday.
The crime occurred about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Huntington Drive, where a woman reported a man in a hood and mask holding a silver gun inside her home.
The woman had come out of her bedroom to find the masked robbery downstairs, prompting her to run back into the bedroom and lock the door. She called police, saying other family members were inside the home.
Officers responded with two minutes, according to a news release from the San Marino Police Department. They got four family members safely out of the home and searched inside, as well as in the yard and surrounding homes.
Despite a perimeter that was set up in the area, no suspects were found, police said Tuesday.
Detective Sgt. Tim Tebbetts said in an email midday Wednesday that a person of interest was in custody, but later said he could not release any additional information and it was not clear if the individual was still being detained.
Surveillance video of the robbery was not being made public.
In the news release, dated Tuesday, police said surveillance video from the home showed two men pull up in a white four-door sedan — possibly a Kia Forte from model years 2010 to 2013 — and stop one house over from the victim’s.
A white man in his early 20s then opened the driver’s door of the victim’s Mercedes-Benz and rummaged through the vehicle, while another man of unknown race went in by the passenger’s side and removed items from inside the car.
The first man then tried to back the Mercedes out of the driveway using a spare key that was left inside the vehicle, but collided with another parked car.
Then, the man walked up to the home’s front door as he put on a black-and-white “skeleton bandana,” the news release stated. He entered through an unlocked front door.
The victim confronted the robber from the top of the stairs and then ran to her bedroom. The man then took a silver handgun from his pocket, removed an unknown object from a table and fled the house, police said.
He ran away on foot, across Huntington Drive and into Alhambra.
The other man drove away in the white vehicle in which the two men arrived, police said.
The first man, who went into the home, was described as white man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a dark gray-and-blue striped beanie, a “black and blue with white outlined” plaid sweatshirt, khaki pants, and black-and-white skate-style shoes, possibly Vans.
Fewer details were available about the other man. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, also with a thin build, and wearing a dark plaid long-sleeve shirt, a dark baseball cap, dark pants and dark shoes.