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Couple are tied up, pistol-whipped during home invasion; 4 assailants at large

The robbery occurred at a home in the 8700 block of Bradley Avenue in Sun Valley, police said.
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Four masked assailants broke into a Sun Valley home, tied up a couple and one of their parents, and beat them before stealing money and jewelry, authorities said.

The couple heard a noise about 4:10 a.m. in the backyard of their home in the 8700 block of Bradley Avenue, according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. Fred Cueto. The man went to the backyard to investigate and encountered the four men, who wore black clothing and ski masks, Cueto said.

Two of the masked men pulled out handguns and the assailants forced the man back into the home. Inside, the intruders used tape to tie up the couple and their relative, Cueto said. The man was pistol-whipped and his wife was kicked in the back of the head.

The robbers made off with cellphones, wallets, jewelry and purses.

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The three victims were not freed until a neighbor heard their screams for help and called police, Cueto said. Responding officers also heard the screams and forced their way into the home.

The couple had minor injuries. Their three young children were home at the time of the robbery but were not physically injured, police said.

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Authorities did not have a description of the attackers.

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The man did not believe he was targeted, Cueto said. He told police he thought the four intruders may have entered the backyard to climb over a wall and break into neighboring businesses.

matt.hamilton@latimes.com

Twitter: @MattHjourno

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