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July 7, 2014
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3 masked men invade Nevada City home, steal car

Three men wearing masks entered the home of a Nevada City man Sunday morning, tying him up and beating him before taking the man’s car and leaving, according to Nevada County sheriff’s logs.

“He suffered some minor abrasions but nothing major,” Sgt. Hap Penaluna said.

“It sounds like they pistol-whipped him on the forehead, but very minor injuries. As far as I know he was never hospitalized.”

A call was made to police around 1:30 a.m. Sunday by the victim’s landlord, who told police that his tenant said he had been tied up and assaulted in his Cedarsong Road home by three masked men. The victim said at least one of the men was armed, telling police that he was pistol-whipped.

The men, who were reportedly dressed in all black, entered the victim’s home, surprising him and instructing him to get down on the ground and close his eyes. One of them men hit the victim in the head several times. According to the sheriff’s log, the three men demanded drugs, weapons and money from the victim, who could not identify any of the perpetrators and could only tell police that one of the men wore red shoes and another wore teal Converse shoes.

“The description is kind of generic right now,” Penaluna said. “They were just three masked men in dark clothing.”

Reports say the man was hog-tied with tape, and the three subjects broke all of the phones and computers in the house before taking off with the victim’s car. The victim reportedly waited a few minutes after they left to call his landlord. One of the suspects was allegedly heard by the victim saying something to the effect that “this is how it’s done in East Oakland.”

Following the report, police sent out a description of the car and the three men connected to the home invasion to units in the area, stating that they were armed and dangerous and that multiple tote bags of marijuana and a large amount of cash was taken from the home, as well.

“I don’t know what was actually taken,” Penaluna said Sunday.

“It was a home invasion. They got in and found the guy, and obviously I’m sure they were looking for something, but I don’t know what they were looking for. There just wasn’t a whole lot of physical evidence at the scene.”

Penaluna said that the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit has taken over the case, which is still ongoing. Additional information about the crime will be released by the sheriff’s office later this week.

To report information about this case, contact the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 530-265-1471 or call dispatch at 530-265-7880.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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