DUARTE >> Three masked attackers beat a man and his wife during a home invasion at the northern edge of Duarte Friday, authorities said.
One of the attackers tried, but failed, to carjack a woman while fleeing from the scene of the 1 p.m. home-invasion on Spinks Canyon Road, at Rim Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
The husband and wife, both in their 50s, suffered injuries not believed to be major, including swelling, abrasions and bruising to their heads and faces, the lieutenant said.
The man was standing in front of the home when he was first confronted by one of the masked criminals and attacked, Chavez said. After being beaten up, the man managed to go to a neighbor’s house to seek help.
Meanwhile, the two additional robbers made their way to the home’s front door.
“They force their way in and start beating her up,” Chavez said. “She was able to flee to a neighbor’s house.”
It was unclear what, if anything, was stolen from the couple’s home as the investigation continued late Friday.
Three male suspects, all black wearing hooded sweat shirts, black masks and black gloves, carried out the crime, he said.
Two of the men fled the area in a silver Range Rover SUV, last seen driving south along Spinks Canyon Road, Chavez said.
The third suspect was left behind by his partners in crime, Chavez said. He tried to carjack a woman near the scene of the home-invasion, but the woman was able to drive away. The third suspect was last seen on foot.
Detectives had found no obvious reason late Friday why the robbers would target the couple, Chavez said.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.