Cathedral City Police shut down a portion of Los Gatos Road between Marquesa and Duquesa Avenues for a couple of hours Tuesday morning as they investigated a home invasion. Police said the crime took place around 6 a.m. on the 68-500 block of Los Gatos.
“This block is actually pretty quiet,” said neighbor Julie Crespi. “So we don’t have a whole lot going on most of the time. It’s scary.”
Police say multiple suspects entered the home, tied up the homeowner, and beat him.
The victim sustained only minor injuries. The victim’s neighbor says he didn’t deserve such violence.
The suspects made off with multiple weapons and cash. They fled in the victim’s two vehicles — a white 2008 Chevy Silverado pick-up (CA license plate 8G53305) and a white 2008 HondaSI (CA license plate 6BRB761).
Another neighbor said today’s violent encounter brought back bad memories of a previous crime that happened to her.
Bertha Guillen said her home was broken into and thieves took her new car from the garage.
“I know how it feels to walk into a house and find everything [trashed]. It was just horrible!”
Police are not releasing anymore details about the incident only to say one of the suspects, a woman, was apparently an acquaintance of the victim.
Nevertheless, neighbors are taking this crime as a wake-up call.
“I think I’ll be a little bit better about locking my doors.”