Home invasion investigation results in arrests of many gang-involved suspects
NO CATCH & RELEASE THIS TIME! Suspects Arrested with $1,000,000 Bail. The Moreno Valley Sheriff’s station concluded a lengthy home invasion robbery investigation yesterday with eleven pre-dawn search warrants throughout Southern California. This enforcement operation would not have been possible without the support of the RSO, LASD & Upland Police SWAT teams, multiple area task-forces and major crime units and other law enforcement agencies. Heartfelt thanks to our partners in the region. Please see below for more detailed information.
On August 22, 2019, the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Robbery & Burglary Suppression Team (RBST) led a multi-jurisdictional and simultaneous search warrant service at 5:00 AM, throughout Southern California. Three SWAT teams (Including Los Angeles County Sheriff, Upland Police, and Riverside County Sheriff) and multiple task force teams served eleven warrants at locations from LA County and as far east as Anza Thursday morning. This was a conclusion of a three-month investigation into an armed kidnapping and home invasion robbery which occurred on the 14000 block of Alba Way in Moreno Valley, on May 22, 2019.
During the original incident, multiple suspects conducted surveillance on the victims’ residence while another group of suspects in tactical gear, ballistic vests, and armed with one assault rifle and three handguns were lying in wait near the residence. One victim returned home from her morning plans when she was confronted by the four armed suspects.
She was forced to unlock and open the front door of her residence where her husband and children were inside. The victims were attacked, beaten, and their hands were bound behind their back. Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s station responded but the suspects had fled the location. The victims sustained minor injuries and were treated by medical professionals.
After a complex and lengthy investigation, aided significantly by the Moreno Valley City-Wide Camera System and other investigative tools, RBST identified numerous suspects and issued warrants for their arrest, each with $1,000,000 bail.
The evidence seized pursuant to yesterday’s search warrants linked the suspects to the crimes included ballistic vests, one assault rifle, five handguns, three pounds of methamphetamine, a sales amount of cocaine and heroin, one hundred pounds of processed marijuana, and one thousand marijuana plants. Additionally, numerous items of personal property and identifying documents belonging to the victims were located.
The gang-involved suspects were arrested for kidnapping to commit robbery, conspiracy, weapons, and drug charges.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Rivera or Investigator Patterson with the Robbery and Burglary Suppression Team at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 486-6700.