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Update: Would-be robbery victims thwart double home invasion by slamming doors on shotgun-wielding suspect

A double home-invasion attempt — with the would-be robber toting a shotgun — came up empty Tuesday night.

Within minutes of each other, the potential victims slammed their doors in the perpetrator’s face and threatened to get their own guns.

The suspect took off and got nothing.

The Merced Police Department said it got a 911 call at 8:18 p.m. from Harold Compenstine, 60, saying someone had just tried a home invasion robbery at his residence at 897 La Jolla Way.

Compenstine told police he heard someone knocking at his front door. When he answered, a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20s pointed a shotgun at him and said, “This is a robbery,” according to a police news release.

Compenstine slammed the door in the robber’s face and told a family member to run and get his gun. The suspect then got into a blue late ‘90s model Nissan or Honda 4-door sedan and left toward Donna Drive, police said.

Seventeen minutes later police dispatchers got yet another call — this one from Asenath Pimentel, 29, and Dustin Roberts, 25, at 1847 Demoss Court.

They said that a Hispanic male in his early 20s had knocked on their door just before pointing a shotgun at them, trying to rob them. Roberts slammed the door on the suspect’s face and went to arm himself for protection.

Roberts told officers that the robber then ran westbound towards Sydney Lane and disappeared. Neither Pimentel nor Roberts saw a vehicle in the area, and neither couldn’t say whether the robber actually got away on foot or if he got into a vehicle down the block before taking off.

Nothing was taken and no one was hurt in either crime, the news release said. Police believe the two crimes were related to each other because of similar suspect descriptions, time frame and method of operation.

Merced Police ask all witnesses to the incidents to contact Detective Sergeant Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or call the Tipster line at (209) 385-4725 with any information this incident. You can remain anonymous.