Victim hit with butt of gun during violent Lake Oswego robbery

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Lake Oswego police vehicles parked on Indian Creek Way on Friday. (Photo by Patrick Preston, KATU News)

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. - Lake Oswego Police are looking for two suspects after a violent home invasion robbery Friday morning where the suspects imitated police officers.

Three people were home at the time: a father, his daughter and the daughter's boyfriend. Police said the father was injured when a suspect hit him with the butt of a gun.

Investigators said the robbery happened at a home in the 18000 block of Indian Creek Way in Lake Oswego at about 9:40 a.m. 

Two men wearing all-black outfits and displaying "what looked like badges" forced their way into a home and tied up three people in the house, police said.

The suspects demanded items from the homeowner and at one point fired a shot into a wall. Nobody was hit by the bullet.

The man hit by the gun butt was taken to a hospital with injuries police said are not life-threatening. None of the victims has been identified.

The two suspects filled some sacks with items from the house and fled. Sgt. Tom Hamann with Lake Oswego Police said they aren't releasing details of what exactly was taken.

After the suspects fled, the victims were able to get free and call 9-1-1.

Hamann said one of the suspects was a white man in his 50s. The second was a white man in his 30s or 40s.

Police released two sketches of the suspects. The victims did not recognize the suspects.

Police said the older man is about 6 feet tall and weighs around 180 pounds. The younger suspect is around 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 160 pounds.

"It's concerning that someone tries to portray themselves as a police officer," Hamann said. "Certainly we encourage folks that if they're not sure who someone is or if they really are a police officer to call police and verify their identity." 

Neighbors said they often leave their doors unlocked and even garage doors open but that will change in the future.

"I think I would lock my door tonight when I go home," said neighbor Anne Lambson. "It makes me a little nervous to see them here staked out."

Matt Goldberg is a former president of the homeowners association. He said he has never seen any kind of police activity like this in the neighborhood before today.

Hamann said Lake Oswego has seen a handful of home invasion robberies in the past few years, but that it's quite rare.

"I don't know if these folks were specifically targeted, but there's no indication that it was anything that anybody else has to worry about," he said.

"That's one of the reasons I moved here. I feel safe in this community," said neighbor Holly Buchanan. "It just concerns me. I want to know if I can feel safe around here."

Members of the Lake Oswego Detective Unit, Clackamas County Major Crime Team and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake Oswego Police Department at 503-635-0238.