LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Three men zip-tied two female victims in a home invasion and robbery early Thursday morning in the upscale Sherman Oaks neighborhood. LAPD received a call reporting a robbery that had occurred at 3800 Sherwood Place around 1:30 a.m.
According to reports, three men armed with weapons entered the home, which was occupied by two women. After the women were “awakened by lights being turned on inside the residence,” the suspects entered the bedroom “pointing a handgun and a rifle at them,” police said. They then forced them to the floor and used nylon zip-ties to restrain the victims before taking their cell phones and other unknown items from the house.
The victims, identified only as a housekeeper and her friend, were unable to find a telephone in the home and eventually rang the home’s Ring doorbell approximately an hour after the incident. The doorbell sent an alert to the owners phone. The owner, who was in New York at the time, then called LAPD to report the crime. Mirsky said “I saw an image of a person tied saying ‘Help me.”
Officers arrived to find the two victims with the zip-ties still around their wrists. One was treated at the scene for chest pains, but no injuries were reported. Two of the suspects were reportedly dressed in all black and one was wearing black pants and a gray top. They reportedly fled the scene in a blue sedan.
Detectives have not said if this was a random or targeted attack, but they believe that the suspects used tape to cover the lens of surveillance cameras at the home and picked a lock to gain entry to the inside.
The $5 million home is owned by social media influencer and entrepreneur Florence Mirsky, who speculated that the crime may have been an inside job, as the robbers knew where to look for valuable items. “They went straight to my closet, my housekeeper told me. They knew that my safe was in the closet,” she said.
Mirsky added that she’s offering a $100,000 reward for the capture of the robbers. “I’m not mentally OK right now. I have a 2-and-a-half-year-old and I can never go back to the house again,” she said. The burglary is the most recent in a string of crimes against high-profile celebrities in the LA area.