Navpreet (All photos courtesy CBC News)
SURREY RCMP are looking for two South Asian males who are believed to have fled in a dark coloured Honda Civic after a home invasion style robbery at a residence in the 7500 block of 123 A Street on Wednesday (January 29) at about 5:20 p.m. They were wearing hoodies. The victims are also South Asians.
Police said two suspects forced their way into the residence and began making demands for items in the home. The homeowner arrived soon afterwards and became engaged in a physical confrontation with the suspects resulting in him receiving a swollen jaw. None of the other occupants of the residence were injured. However, Surrey RCMP’s Victim Services is in contact with the family.
Cpl. Bert Paquet said that investigators are working at gaining the cooperation of the homeowner which could lead to further details on who could be responsible. Police believe this was a targeted incident and not a random occurrence.
CBC reported that the homeowner’s wife, Rajwinder Halait, said that when the doorbell rang, she thought it was her aunt, Balbir Sandhar, who had gone out for a walk with one of Halait’s 13-month-old twins.
When she opened the door, the home invaders pushed her and threw her on the stairs. They closed her mouth and pulled out a knife.
They forced Halait, her other twin, her aunt’s seven-year-old twin daughters and a nanny to stand against a wall upstairs. Then they tied her and the nanny to the stairway banister.
Balbir Sandhar told CBC that the crying children were taken to the master bedroom and threatened. The home invaders told the kids that their dad needed money. They showed the kids a knife and threatened to kill them if they didn’t lead them to the safe.
Sandhar said she and her husband as well as Halait’s husband returned home just as the home invaders were leaving.
There was an altercation on the driveway and Halait’s husband, Navpreet, was punched in the face and fell down. He received a serious head injury and was taken to hospital. Balbir Sandhar said that Navpreet was now having memory problems.
Two safes with gold, cash and passports are said to be missing.
Anyone with further information or who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the neighbourhood is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.