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Robbers tie up residents at gunpoint

WINTON -- Three daring home invasion robbers tied up three people Wednesday afternoon and robbed them, then rammed into a pickup attempting to stop them in the driveway before firing several shots at the truck.

No one was hurt in the 1:55 p.m. robbery in the 6500 block of Alyssa Court and the multiple volleys fired at the GMC pickup missed the driver, Sgt. Jason Goins of the Merced County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit said.

The victims were robbed in a similar manner six months ago but that incident went unreported.

Goins said the three Latino male adults with shaved heads in their 20s all carried firearms and tied up three occupants of the home before demanding cash. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of money when another family member drove up, sensed something wasn't right and tried to block their exit.

The robbers, in a green or gray four-door Dodge sedan, possibly an Intrepid, rammed into the front of the truck and fired at least two shots at it before departing in an unknown direction. The sedan should have major front-end damage, Goins said.

Sheriff's Detective Corey Gibson, who investigated the incident, said the investigation is still in the early stages.

"It was pretty bold at 2 in the afternoon," Gibson said. "For sure it was a bold act. These guys are dangerous."

Goins said those observing the men or the Dodge should call the sheriff's department immediately at (209) 385-7472.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2485 or dyawger@mercedsun-star.com.

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