ORANGE, Calif. (KTLA) — SWAT officers were on scene in an upscale neighborhood in Orange early Tuesday after two homes were hit by armed robbers, police said.
Some residents were evacuated and others were locked down inside their homes as police zeroed in on a possible location of one or more of the alleged robbers.
The home invasions happened between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday in the 300 block of Calle Grande.
In one incident, a family was held at gunpoint while the intruders ransacked their home, according to Orange police.
The robbers then robbed a couple in a neighboring home at gunpoint, police said.
The woman told reporters that she thought her husband was shot in the hand.
“They put a gun to our heads,” she said. Asked if she recognized the attackers, she replied, “I know their voices, ya.”
Paramedics said the man was either shot or stabbed in the hand and was treated.
He was able to sneak out a bathroom window around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and that set off an alarm, police said.
It wasn’t immediately clear what items were taken. There was no description of the alleged robbers immediately available.
Investigators set up two mobile command units at the scene early Tuesday. There were also two ambulances on standby.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Orange Police Department.