Women, Children Zip-Tied during Rio Linda Home Invasion

RIO LINDA -- Deputies say four men punched a woman before tying her up, along with her five kids and her sister, then ransacked the house.

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department says the robbery happened on Aug. 2 around 10 p.m. near Elkhorn Boulevard at a home on 20th Street in Rio Linda.

Narcisse Vargas installed bars up his back sliding glass door, a new defense he’s put in to make his wife and kids feel safe after the home invasion.

"They were watching television and they came in through the window with pistols and guns," Vargas said through a translator.

Vargas wasn’t home at the time but the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department released surveillance from his home, showing how the four suspects using two rocks to break through a window.

Once inside, the men punched Vargas' wife before tying up her, his sister-in-law and their five kids.

The suspects ransacked the house but they didn’t get away with much.

Vargas believes the men got into the backyard over his fence.

Investigators believe the suspects left the scene on foot.

Just a few doors down 20th Street, Deb Pearson says she also had a home invasion last year.

"Three people in my house holding me down in the bed while they’re ransacking my house," Pearson recalled. "They just left. They got $20 and a gun."

The sheriff’s department is looking to see if there’s a connection between the two cases.

Deputies hope someone recognizes the four men’s faces.

Meanwhile, Vargas says the incident has traumatized his kids.

"They’re doing OK," Vargas said. "They’re going to school normally, but sometimes they get scared. When it becomes night they’re terrified."

The sheriff’s department is asking for anyone who recognizes the four men to call them at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Information can be left anonymously.