Man injured in home-invasion robbery, assault
An Alta Sierra man was taken to the hospital late Tuesday night after two armed intruders reportedly walked into his home, hit him over the head with a golf club and robbed him at gunpoint.
It was the second home invasion reported in western Nevada County this month.
Richard R. Mayer, 49, said he had just fallen asleep in a recliner in his living room, on the 10000 block of Quail Creek Road, at about 10:30 p.m. when the break-in occurred.
“All of a sudden, I woke up and there’s this guy poking me, telling me to, ‘Get up, you son of a bitch,'” Mayer said. “I said, ‘Who the hell are you?’ and tried to get up.”
But Mayer, who owns interior design business Richard Mayer Tile, was unaware of the second man, who was standing behind him and hit him over the head with Mayer’s golf putter, before hitting him on his back and shoulders.
The two men had apparently entered the residence through an unlocked side door. Mayer said the blow dazed him but that he did not lose consciousness.
The two men were described as wearing white and gray ski masks. One was about 5-feet, 5-inches tall, and the other was about 6-feet tall, according to a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office report.
“I don’t think either one of them was over 25 years old,” Mayer said of the suspects.
The taller man revealed a large revolver with a wooden handle and blue barrel and demanded money, according to the report. Mayer told them he had a jar of coins and casino chips in his bedroom, but the robbers could not find the jar. They led him to the bedroom, where he took it out and let them take it, he said.
One of the men also found Mayer’s shotgun and ammunition in his bedroom.
“They kept telling the victim they knew he had money,” Sheriff Keith Royal said.
“The little guy was saying, ‘Let’s just shoot him,'” Mayer said. “The big guy said no because the last time they did this, they didn’t have to shoot the guy.”
The shorter suspect kept telling Mayer not to look at him or his partner, Mayer said.
“Every time I looked at him, he would come up and smack me with the butt of my shotgun,” he said.
The suspects then put Mayer on top of his bed and tied him up with an electrical cord, he said. Before leaving, they pulled most of the telephone wire out from the walls.
Mayer did not get a good look at their escape car, but did notice it was compact and had a loud exhaust.
Mayer said he had all but finished untying himself when he noticed the men had left the jar of coins in the home. However, they noticed it as well and stopped the car, he said. One of the two came back inside to retrieve it.
After they left the second time, Mayer called 911. He was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and treated for a head laceration, caused by the putter.
The sheriff’s office notified authorities in Placer and Yolo counties, as well as the California Highway Patrol and the Grass Valley Police Department.
Mayer spent part of the day Wednesday cleaning up his home and canceling his credit card and checking accounts, because the suspects got away with everything needed to steal his identity.
In a similar occurrence, a 52-year-old woman had to be transported to Sierra Nevada after reportedly being assaulted by a home intruder early in the morning on Jan. 8.
Like Mayer, she was sleeping on a couch in her residence on North Ponderosa Way, when a man wearing a ski mask walked through an unlocked door and started hitting the woman over the head with a heavy flashlight.
That suspect, who has yet to be caught, stole about one pound of medical marijuana, kept in jars.
“We can prevent a lot of criminal activity like this … by asking citizens to ensure they lock their doors and windows at night or when they leave their residence,” Royal said.
Royal said it is unknown whether the same suspects took part in both home invasions.
“At this time,” Royal said, “we see no correlation between the two.”
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