MODESTO -- Investigators on Saturday were looking for two robbers who broke into a north Modesto home late Friday and bound a 72-year-old man with duct tape before they got away with a TV, a computer and two guns.
The resident, who lives alone, was not injured during the robbery. He told police that the robbers were inside his home for about 20 to 30 minutes before they left.
The home-invasion robbery occurred about 10:30 p.m. Friday at the home on Bellevue Court, south of Standiford Avenue and east of Carver Road.
Modesto police Lt. Jolene Gonzales said the resident was asleep when he heard someone knocking at his door. When he opened the door, the two robbers forced their way inside the home.
"As soon as he opens up, they overpowered him," Gonzales said.
Police described one of the robbers as a Latino man about 28 years old, standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 260 pounds and wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a white ski mask with his eyes and nose visible. The robber was carrying a handgun.
The other robber was described as a Latino man standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, wearing a dark-colored jacket and baggy pants. Police said he was wearing what appeared to be a Spider-Man mask.
Gonzales said the robbers used duct tape to bind the resident's hands and feet. The man complied with the robbers as they tied him up and stole his belongings.
The robbers then left, but the resident told police he didn't see them leaving in a vehicle.
Police ask anyone with information about this home-invasion robbery to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2394.