Two suspects broke into a Tujunga home Tuesday morning and chained up the man who lives there, extorting money from him before setting a fire inside the home, police said.
The masked suspects entered the home in the 10000 block of Fairgrove Avenue around 4 a.m. while the homeowner was sleeping, but it's unclear how they broke in, according to Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Dino Caldera. The two men made off with an unknown amount of cash and set the carpet on fire before fleeing, he added.
The victim was able to untie himself and used a hose to put out the flames, escaping with only minor injuries from being hit in the head by the suspects, Caldera said.
Police were still searching for the suspects, who they believe do not have personal ties to the victim, Caldera said. The victim's father told KTLA he is a 52-year-old man who had lived in the home for 12 years.