South El Monte woman beaten and bound in home-invasion robbery

SOUTH EL MONTE — A South El Monte woman attacked and bound as she arrived home Friday evening in a violent home-invasion robbery, authorities said.
The woman, who is in her 40s, arrived at her home in the 10400 block of Thienes Avenue about 6:50 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ignacio Somoano said.
The robber was hiding outside the home, apparently waiting for someone to arrive, Sgt. Ann Devane said.
“He attacked her and forced his way in,” the sergeant said.
The robber punched the woman in the face several times and bound her hands, officials said. He then stole various small items from the home and fled.
Her hands still bound, the victim tried to chase after her attacker, Devane said.
The woman’s husband arrived home just after the attack, she said, and neighbors also came to the woman’s aid after noticing a commotion.
Officials took the woman to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, which were not believed to be major.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 170 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes, and wore a black hooded sweatshirt and dark blue jeans.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.

– Staff report

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