Authorities are searching for a pair of armed men in connection with two home-invasion robberies that were committed Saturday night in Lancaster, sheriff’s officials said.
Two men wearing ski masks kicked in the front door of a home in the 5700 block of Spice Street about 11:25 p.m. and forced their way into the master bedroom, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A 53-year-old retired sheriff’s deputy was home at the time. He retrieved his firearm and fired two rounds at the intruders, causing them to flee the location in an unknown direction, the statement said. Neither of the robbers was apparently struck by gunfire.
They remained at large after deputies searched the neighborhood.
No property was reported stolen.
The intruders appeared to be the same two men who are suspected in an earlier home-invasion in the 3600 block of West Avenue K-15, the Sheriff’s Department said.
In that incident, Robert Berretta and his 9-year-old son were reportedly watching TV in a bedroom when the front door of their home was kicked in.
Berretta immediately called 911 after the two would-be robbers forced their way way into the house. He said he caught a glimpse of the men before they fled.
“I think they got scared and just took off, thought maybe I was going to go get a gun or something,” Berretta said.