Woman escapes after masked gunmen invade Sherman Oaks home

- A Sherman Oaks woman, only described as being in her 30's, walked out her front door Tuesday night into the gun-toting hands of a trio of home-invaders, police said.

It was reported at about 11:40 p.m. in the 3900 block of Ventura Canyon Avenue at Oleander. 

According to Detective Peter Barba, police "received calls that three men with guns wearing ski masks had forced a woman inside the house" and tied her up.

Barna says the woman was not physically hurt, but emotionally she was traumatized.

Police won't say if the suspects actually got away with anything, but believe she was very lucky.

Within a matter of minutes, the victim was able to free herself and escaped through the back door.

"She ran out the back and then was able to get a hold of another neighbor where she hid at the neighbors house and eventually called the police," Barba added.

When neighbor Sophie Grumbach heard the loud sounds of police helicopters she was frightened.

"I went to the house and I closed all the windows and doors," Grumbach said. 

Another resident, Kevin Castro, says even though serious crime doesn't happen here, this incident shouldn't make everyone nervous.

If you look at the street it's one big advertisement for bad people not wanted there. Yard signs range from "Beware of Dog" to lots of security company signs.

There are even surveillance cameras, but that didn't stop three men with guns for invading a home in this quiet neighborhood.

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