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Suspects Accused Of Assault, Robbery In Connection To String Of Violent Home Invasions, California Cops Say

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Source: San Jose Police Department

Jul. 1 2022, Published 3:20 p.m. ET

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Four suspects in California are in custody after they allegedly robbed and assaulted multiple victims during a series of home invasions, authorities said.

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On June 30, police in San Jose announced the arrest of the suspects — Armando Manzano, 19; Daniel Mendez, 19; Eduardo Santiago, 23; and a 17-year-old minor, KTVU reported.

Authorities may make more arrests in connection to the cases, according to the station.

Police said in the first reported home invasion, shortly before 4 p.m. on May 31, up to six suspects brandished weapons and used belts to tie up an elderly couple, who they assaulted. The thieves then made off with jewelry, bank cards and other items as well as the victims’ vehicle.

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Five suspects then drove in the stolen car to another residence, where they allegedly held up a father who was with his 15-month-old baby, according to police.

After threatening to shoot the child, police said the suspects allegedly kidnapped the man and forced him to withdraw money from his bank accounts. They then brought the victim back to his home before robbing him of jewelry and other personal possessions, authorities claimed.

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When the man’s wife showed up at the residence, a dash camera in her vehicle captured images of the suspects fleeing the property, according to police.

Just over a week later, police said officers captured and arrested Manzano and Mendez during a home invasion in progress at an elderly couple’s house after one of the victims managed to contact authorities for help. The suspects were being held at the Santa Clara County Main jail on felony robbery charges.

Two more suspects were taken into custody a short time later after investigators served a warrant and recovered stolen property in their homes, police said.

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