Pot grow found at the scene of Lemon Grove home invasion
Authorities: Victim fled wearing only underwear
Last Updated: 37 days ago
LEMON GROVE, Calif. - Four robbers wearing ski masks broke down the door of a home in Lemon Grove where marijuana was being grown indoors early Wednesday.
10News learned two people were hurt and transported to the hospital and a third may have had lighter fluid dumped on his head.
The home invasion in the 8000 block of Blossom Lane, near Washington Street, was reported at 1:48 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Rich Williams.
One victim ran next door to George Steven's house.
Stevens told 10News the man yelled, "Call 911, I've been shot in the head."
Stevens said he had been pistol-whipped so hard, he thought he had been shot.
“He was bleeding profusely from the head," Stevens said. “He was just in a lot of pain.”
Stevens said he has lived in the neighborhood more than 20 years and was shocked the incident could happen in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.
Deputies at the scene told 10News reporter Hannah Mullins they pulled up to find a second victim with a bloody face, wearing only his boxer shorts and running through the streets.
The San Diego Sheriff's Department ASTREA helicopter helped locate a third victim in someone's backyard. Deputies initially thought the victims might have been the suspects but determined the suspects were gone, according to Williams.
Deputies initially thought the victims might have been the suspects but determined the suspects were gone, according to Williams.
The victim who ran to a neighbor's house later told investigators that several people inside the home were robbed at gunpoint, sheriff's Sgt. Matt Cook said. The exact loss was not reported but Cook said while clearing the residence, deputies located an indoor marijuana grow and an unknown quantity of dried marijuana.
The Narcotics Task Force was called to the scene and the investigation is ongoing. At around 10 a.m., the Sheriff's department obtained a search warrant to gather more evidence.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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