Victim of Redding Home Invasion: Ordered to Ground at Gunpoint; Roommate Knows Suspects
A victim of a Redding home invasion said his roommate let a group of people into his home. He was then ordered to the ground at gunpoint.
It happened at a home on Hawley Road near Black Oak about 10 p.m. Monday night.
Investigators said the victims are 33-year-old Joshua Stringer and 27-year-old Cal Demercurio Jr.
The victim we talked to remain unidentified, but said he is rattled.
"I don't live around these kinds of people and I don't associate with these kind of people. I'm blown away by this whole situation."
The man said he hasn't lived with his roommate for very long. They're acquaintances, but said he didn't know much about his personal life.
Some of that unknown was uncovered Monday night.
"I was in my room unaware of what was going on out there. I thought he just had some friends over, some people over, like I said we're not the closest friends. I was in my room with my door shut and I came out, went outback to feed my cat and when I came back inside one of them followed me into my doorway and I was still shutting my door, he put a gun in my face and told me to get on the ground and proceeded to duct tape me and bind me," he said.
Four suspects, two men and two women, came into the home and then tied up both men.
One of the suspects "was like 'hey, we're not here for you, basically your roommate ripped me off and left me for dead.' [My roomate] knows them. He let them into our house."
While he laid tied up on the ground, the suspects made their way around the home.
"They took my laptop, my cell phone, a real expensive set of golf clubs, flat screen TV then just told me to stay on the ground for 10, 15 minutes like this wasn't their first rodeo," he said.
He said his roommate overdosed. "I'm not sure if they took a bunch of pills out of his room and jammed them down his throat because he had a sock in his mouth and duct tape over his mouth when I found him unconscious."
The man has already moved his stuff out of the home. He said he's ready to get back to his everyday life: school, work and church.
"I just want it behind me and just to cut ties with him all together. I wish him the best and I hope he gets his drug problem under control because he's a good soul, he's just really mixed up in life right now and unfortunately, it all came down on me for no reason but at the same time, being a Christian person like I really just hope he gets his life figured out, like I lost some material items but at the end of the day I'm okay," he said.
The suspects got away with one of the victim's cars, but it has been recovered.
Investigators describe the suspects as the following:
Suspect #1: White male adult, 30-35 years old, 6'2", 220 pounds and with a shaved head.
Suspect #2: White male adult, 5'11", and 140 pounds.
Suspect #3: White female adult, 19-20 years old, 5'3", and 100 pounds.
Suspect #4: White female adult, 23-26 years old, 5'7", 130 pounds with dark hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Redding Police Department.
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