LIVINGSTON – Authorities are on the lookout for five men who attacked a young couple in an attempted home invasion.
The incident happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 14000 block of Magnolia Avenue in the Merced County of Livingston. Authorities say a 26-year-old woman and her boyfriend were sleeping when a knock at the door woke them up.
The man at the door was dressed as a CHP officer and told the woman he needed to speak to her and her boyfriend outside.
The woman stepped outside and that’s when she saw three other black males and one Latino male wearing dark colored clothing and beanies. It was at that time that she decided to ask for identification from the man dressed up as a CHP officer. The man flipped open his wallet, but closed it too quickly for the woman to see anything.
The victim realized that the man wasn’t who he claimed to be and she tried to flee back into the house. One of the men hit her in the back of the head with an aluminum baseball bat, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. The victim’s boyfriend then physically confronted the five men while yelling for her to run.
The woman ran toward the house while screaming for help from a relative inside. The five men then fled into a car parked out of sight and left the scene.
Officers would like to remind people to ask for I.D. before opening the door and to call 911 to verify if there’s an officer outside.
Anyone who has information about this incident is encouraged to call the Merced Sheriff’s Department at 209-385-7472.
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