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Man Pepper Sprayed During El Sereno Home Invasion

A man in his early 30s was slashed and pepper-sprayed during a home invasion in the El Sereno area, police said last week.

The attack happened around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the 4300 block of Winchester Avenue, said Sgt. Rick Colombia of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.

Officers responding to a hot prowl call learned that the victim heard a noise outside his home and when he opened his door to investigate, three males, one armed with a knife, forced their way inside, Colombia said.

A struggle ensued and the man was cut on his face, back and an arm by one intruder and pepper-sprayed by another, Colombia said. The assailants then left, and it was not immediately clear if they took anything, he said.

The victim was taken to County-USC Medical Center with non-life- threatening injuries, Colombia said.

A detailed description of the suspects was not made available.