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Medford woman zip-tied, assaulted during home invasion robbery

Medford police are on the lookout for two masked men who stormed an east Medford home Sunday morning, zip-tied a 75-year-old woman and ripped the wedding ring off her finger.

At about 8:40 a.m. Sunday, two masked men knocked on the victim’s front door in the 1800 block of Filmore Drive, forced their way in, then beat the woman — including with the blunt end of a handgun — in what Medford police Det. Tony Young believed was a targeted attack.

Young, speaking at a Thursday press conference, described the crime as “not a burglary.”

“This crime is very specific and concerning,” Young said. “These people are dangerous.”

The woman suffered injuries to her face, arm and shoulder, as well as bruises on her neck from a gun being shoved into her, police said.

“They were very rough with her,” Young said.

The woman, who doesn’t live alone but was in the home by herself at the time, broke free after the robbers left and ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help, according to Young. Mercy Flights paramedics treated her at the scene.

“She’s very lucky she wasn’t hurt worse,” Young said. “It’s very appalling she was hurt at all.”

The case stands out to Young because the suspects apparently expected the home to be occupied when they arrived. Encountering occupants is usually the “last thing” a typical thief wants, Young said.

The robbers appeared to have prior knowledge about the residence, said police, adding that the men left with more than $10,000 worth of property.

Young said police do not believe the victims were involved in drugs or criminal activity, but declined to say why police believe the victims were targeted.

“These were nice, respectful people who were in their home on a Sunday ... they could’ve been anybody,” Young said.

On Thursday, the agency did not have a description of the suspects beyond “two adult males wearing face coverings.”

Earlier in the day, police released photos of a black pickup spotted in the area at the time, but later determined that the vehicle was not involved.

Young said it's not yet clear whether this case is an isolated incident, saying that at this stage in the investigation "anything's possible." He recommended that residents only answer their doorbell if they "know who's on the other side of that door."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Medford police at 541-770-4784.

Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan contributed to this story. Reach him at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com, and follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat. Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com, and follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

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