Fam­ily fights back in home in­va­sion, 3 ar­rested

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY GABBY FER­REIRA

A fam­ily fought off a home in­va­sion rob­bery in Santa Maria early Satur­day morn­ing, and three teenagers were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the at­tack, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Santa Maria Po­lice De­part­ment.

Po­lice re­ceived a “fran­tic” 911 call from a res­i­dent in the Western Av­enue and Frank Lane area at about 5:30 a.m. Satur­day. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the caller said three peo­ple armed with a ri­fle and knives had just bro­ken into their home.

When po­lice ar­rived, they saw two peo­ple run­ning away and chased them down, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Ad­di­tional law en­force­ment of­fi­cers ar­rived at the home and found that the fa­ther of the fam­ily had “sub­dued and de­tained” the third sus­pect in­side the home, po­lice said.

Po­lice learned through in­ter­views that the par­ents were wo­ken up when the sus­pects held a gun to the fa­ther’s head and de­manded valu­ables, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The cou­ple’s 11-year-old son was wo­ken up by the dis­tur­bance and went to his par­ents’ room, where he saw a sus­pect hold­ing a gun to his fa­ther’s head, the re­lease said.

“With­out hes­i­ta­tion, the 11-year-old son tack­led the gun­man,” po­lice said in the news re­lease. “The fa­ther im­me­di­ately fought with the gun­man as mom and an­other teenage son phys­i­cally fought off the other armed at­tack­ers, sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous phys­i­cal in­juries.”

Po­lice ar­rested the sus­pects, iden­ti­fied as Man­ual Du­ran, 18, Al­berto Pablo Montes, 18, and a 15-year-old boy on sus­pi­cion of bur­glary, as­sault with a deadly weapon and bran­dish­ing a firearm, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Du­ran and Montes were taken to the Santa Bar­bara County Jail and the 15year-old, whose iden­tity is be­ing with­held be­cause he’s a mi­nor, was taken to Santa Bar­bara County Ju­ve­nile Hall, po­lice said.

Po­lice ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call ei­ther Of­fi­cer Alexan­der Har­vey at 805-928-3781 ex­ten­sion 2227 or De­tec­tive Philip Dix at 805-928-3781 ex­ten­sion 2424.

SANTA MARIA PO­LICE DE­PART­MENT

Man­ual Du­ran, 18, and Al­berto Pablo Montes, 18, were ar­rested fol­low­ing a home in­va­sion in Santa Maria.

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