Elderly woman forced into closet during home invasion in Faircrest Heights

Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Division were on the scene just before midnight after the elderly woman called 911 from inside her home.

Neighbors said the homeowner lives alone. The residence is located on the 1900 block of Searns Drive in Faircrest Heights.

According to police, two masked men armed with guns walked in through the front door which was left unlocked. The woman, whose name was withheld, was asleep when she awoke to noises and saw what she thought was the light from a flashlight.

She was then accosted by two suspects, who covered her head before forcing her into a closet, detectives said. The suspects stole cash from a safe.

When she came out a little while later, they were gone, police said.

No descriptions were released of the suspects, including whether they were men or women.

The incident marked the fourth home invasion in the last week involving at least two armed suspects targeting women.

On Wednesday in West Hills, a woman was tied up after the suspects knocked on the door and forced their way inside. The same night in Los Feliz, two women were tied up while they were robbed.

Another brazen home invasion in Hancock Park was also being investigated by LAPD's Wilshire division.

Suspects in all of these cases fled the homes with cash and in some cases with jewelry. LAPD's Wilshire division said the department is working with other divisions to investigate whether the home invasions are connected.

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