FREMONT -- Police have released sketches of two men wanted in connection with a brutal Sept. 8 home invasion robbery.
The men and two others are suspected of severely beating the 49-year-old homeowner as she awoke from a nap in her home on the 48000 block of Purpleleaf Street, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.
The woman said she awoke about 11:40 a.m. to find four men surrounding her bed. At least one of the men had a gun. The men restrained the woman with duct tape and severely beat her, blackening her eyes, and leaving her with severe facial lacerations and a mouthful of broken teeth, Bosques said.
The woman was eventually able to run out the door to a neighbor's house to dial 911, Bosques said. The men fled out the back door with a small amount of the woman's jewelry.
"The suspects did not take very much from the house aside from the jewelry and left a lot of valuables in plain sight, which is a little suspicious," Bosques said.
Police have yet to determine if this was a random act or if the victim was targeted, Bosques said, and investigators are seeking the public's help to identify the men.
Each of the men is described as Latino, Bosques said.
The man in the one sketch is the youngest of the group, likely in his early 20s. He is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a thin build. He may have had silver braces on his teeth and has shorter length dark brown hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. He was
The man in the second sketch is in his late 30s to early 40s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a stocky build and a round face. He had brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing a burgundy short-sleeve shirt and dark jeans.
Sketches are not available for the other men, but they are described as being in their late 30s to early 40s, Bosques said. One is about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a stocky build and muscular chest, and has short dark hair and a round face. He was wearing a light color short-sleeve shirt and used his right fist when he struck the victim.
The other is 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky build and a muscular chest. He has dark brown medium-length hair and a round face, and was wearing a light-colored, short-sleeve crew neck T-shirt and dark jeans. The jeans appeared to be well worn, but not ratty, and may have been work pants. During the incident he held a black semi-automatic pistol in his right hand. The pistol may have been a compact size.
Anyone with information can contact Fremont police by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the investigative unit at 510-790-6900.
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