Armed Attackers Tie Up Family, Rob Home

Police are on a manhunt for armed men who terrorized an East Bay family Tuesday night in a home invasion robbery and tried to hit two other homes.

It started around 11 p.m. when a husband, wife, friend and 4-year-old child who had just returned to their Richmond home were greeted by three men who forced them into the house.

The men, two of them armed, tied the four up with electrical cords and belts, police said. The ransacked the home and took off with credit cards and laptop computers.

One of the men was described as a black with  shoulder-length dreadlocks, 18 to 20 years old, wearing a white T-shirt and a black jacket with red writing. Witnesses said he was carrying a silver semi-automatic handgun.

A second man was described as a black, 19 to 22 years old with a shaved head, carrying a blue-steel semi-automatic handgun. Witnesses had not been able to provide a description of the third attacker.

Within minutes, Richmond police were responding to a report of an attempted home invasion nearby in the 700 block of Ventura Street in East Richmond, Richmond police Lt. Mike Gormley said.

Preliminary reports indicate that the robbery was attempted by two men, one of whom was described as a black man with dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans and carrying a black automatic handgun. A description of the second man was not provided.

Police in San Pablo were possibly investigating a home invasion robbery that happened at around the same time, Gormley said, though an officer able to confirm the report was not immediately available to do so.

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