Lancaster Woman Held at Gunpoint Inside Home

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    The resident of the home told NBC 5 that a long-time family friend was home alone, when four men knocked on the front door claiming to be lawn service workers.

    A woman says a group of men posed as lawn service workers and broke into the Lancaster home she was visiting Tuesday afternoon.

    The break-in happened along the 1900 block of Encino Drive.

    The resident of the home told NBC 5 that a longtime family friend was home alone, when the men knocked on the front door.

    The family friend told the men she wasn't interested in lawn service but a short time later, the men broke in through the back door and pulled out a gun. They then forced her on the ground while they ransacked the home.

    A neighbor called 911 and police managed to block in the suspects' vehicle and arrest one of the men.

    Neighbors said this is the third burglary on the block in the last 12 months and are now considering a new crime watch program, if possible.

    "We ask, what's next?," said resident Darnell Vaughn, whose home was broken into seven weeks ago. "What can we do? You know, we have the alarm system. We are trying to make sure we are watching out for each other, but what else can we do?"

    Three men are still at large.