Victim: Masked robbers invaded home, tied up family

Suspects stole collectible coins, cash and guns from Eagle Creek home

Charles Gardner, 82, sitting inside his Eagle Creek, Ore. home following an alleged home invasion June 27, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Charles Gardner, 82, sitting inside his Eagle Creek, Ore. home following an alleged home invasion June 27, 2014. (KOIN 6)

EAGLE CREEK, Ore. (KOIN 6) —- The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed home invasion and robbery that occurred early Friday morning and left four people tied up inside their Clackamas County residence.

According to the homeowner, Charles E. Gardner, he was awoken around 2 a.m. to the sounds of a “loud crash.”

Charles Gardner's granddaughter describing a home invasion June 27, 2014. in which she thought she, her grandfather and her two sons "were all going to die." (KOIN 6)
Charles Gardner’s granddaughter describing a home invasion June 27, 2014. in which she thought she, her grandfather and her two sons “were all going to die.” (KOIN 6)

Gardner, 82, said he immediately heard his granddaughter screaming.

“They strangled her,” Gardner said.

His granddaughter, who is 38 years old, suffered numerous bruises, Gardner said.

Two of his grandsons, who are 16 and 17 years old, were also tied up using zip ties, Gardner said.

Gardner said one of the men struck his hand using a flashlight.

The men, each carrying a revolver, made their way quickly through the home and shined bright lights into Gardner’s face, he said.

“I couldn’t see anything,” Gardner said. “They kept saying ‘policía.’”

The family reported seeing only four men inside the home, though Clackamas County investigators are looking into the possibility of a fifth suspect.

Gardner said he is an antique collector, and estimated he had thousands of dollars of coins inside his home along Southeast Van Curen Road.

“They went right to the dresser and took them,” Gardner said.

The coins, he described, were in rolls. He wants banks and businesses in the area to be on the lookout for anyone attempting to cash, trade or exchange rolled coins.

Gardner said the men also stole an estimated $4,000 in cash from a hidden spot in his bedroom. In all, the family estimates a total of $10,000 worth of cash and collectibles were taken.

One of the drawers five masked men allegedly rummaged through June 27, 2014 during an Eagle Creek, Ore. home invasion. (KOIN 6)
One of the drawers five masked men allegedly rummaged through June 27, 2014 during an Eagle Creek, Ore. home invasion. (KOIN 6)

Gardner could not provide a description of the men because he said they had masks and gloves on, wore “Army-style” clothing and ordered everyone to keep looking down.

While tied up, Gardner said the men gave him water after he complained about having a heart attack.

“I thought it would make them leave,” Gardner said.

None of the four people who were reportedly tied up needed to go to the hospital, though the elderly Gardner did sustain minor injuries.

Gardner said the men mostly spoke Spanish, and estimated that they were in their 20s or 30s.

Gardner does not believe the home invasion was random, strongly feels he was targeted and has made assumptions on who may have been involved. Clackamas County investigators believe the men left the home in a silver, four-door sedan.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office at 503.723.4949.

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