Police: Father pistol-whipped, family held in room while 6 armed men ransacked home

SEATTLE -- Police are looking for several men who were "armed (and) masked" when they broke into a Beacon Hill home early Tuesday, pistol-whipped the homeowner and forced a five-member family into the bedroom while ransacking the home.

The victims told police they heard a loud bang at their front door around 2:45 a.m. in the 4700 block of 30th Avenue South. The homeowner and another resident went to investigate, and were held up at the door by a man with a "laser-sighted" handgun, victims told police.

Once inside, as many as six men -- all wearing masks and dark clothing -- forced the family of five into one bedroom, police said.

The intruders then robbed the home of jewelry before leaving.

The 50-year-old homeowner suffered a laceration on the back of his head from the pistol-whipping and was taken to Swedish Hospital for treatment. No other injuries to the families were reported.

Robbery detectives are investigating the incident.