Three armed masked men forced their way into a North Seattle home this morning, tied up two victims and stole several items, including a car, Seattle police said.
The home’s occupant, a 36-year-old man, and a 34-year-old male friend visiting from out of town were in the house in the 7500 block of 44th Avenue Northeast when the three men burst in just before 6 a.m. and forced the victims to the floor, according to police. The man who lives in the home was struck with the butt of a rifle and both men were tied up, police said.
One of the intruders held the victims at gunpoint while the others searched the home. The intruders left with several items and took a light blue 1995 Ford Crown Victoria belonging to the man who lives in the home. The victims were able to free themselves and run to a neighbor’s home to call 911, police said. The victims drove themselves to a hospital, where they were interviewed by police.
Seattle police tell KING-TV the home may have been targeted and the robbery may be connected to the medical-marijuana dispensary industry. Police said there was not a marijuana grow operation in the victims’ house, KING-TV said.