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Woman Bound by Robbers While Home with Infant Granddaughter

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A woman was bound with duct tape and robbed while home with her infant granddaughter on Wednesday afternoon, according to police. The woman was cooking in her home in the 4200 block of Deep Creek Road at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday when two men came into the home through an unlocked back door, Fremont police spokeswoman Officer Geneva Bosques said. The suspects grabbed the 55-year-old woman and bound her with duct tape completely covering her nose and mouth, making it difficult for her to breathe, Bosques said.

After she complained, one of the suspects even moved the tape at one point to help her breathe. The suspects went through the home but at some point the woman apparently blacked out, so she did not see what they stole or how they left. The front door was left open, leading police to conclude they fled that way onto Deep Creek Road, Bosques said. The woman eventually woke up still bound and crawled to her cellphone, which was charging, and called a family member. Once police arrived, the woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Her 9-month-old granddaughter was not injured. Police are still trying to determine what the suspects stole from the home but it appears the woman’s purse was stolen, Bosques said. The woman does not speak much English, necessitating officers to call a translator to get descriptions of the stolen property and suspects, Bosques said. She said investigators are confident in the suspect description she provided but not absolutely sure it is accurate.

Both suspects were described as Asian men between 30 and 35 years old with black hair, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds and wearing short-sleeved white T-shirts. One was wearing a baseball cap, police said. Anyone with information about the case or who may have video surveillance footage of the neighborhood at the time of the incident has been asked to contact Fremont police Detective Blass at [email protected]ont.gov.

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