Crime

Family fights back during armed home invasion robbery in Santa Maria, three arrested

11 year-old boy tackles gunman

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Three people were arrested during a home invasion robbery after the family fought back early Saturday morning in Santa Maria.

The Santa Maira Police Department received a 911 call from a resident in the area of Western Ave. and Frank Lane shortly after 5:30 a.m. 

The resident reported that three people armed with a rifle and knives had just broken into their home. 

Officers quickly arrived at the scene and found two people fleeing on foot. 

Both suspects were caught following a short chase.

After additional officers arrived at the scene, they found that the father of the family was able to subdue and detain the third suspect inside the house. 

According to police, the crime appears to be a random crime opportunity. 

Officers searched the area looking for witnesses as well as surveillance cameras, not on file with the Security Camera Registry that may have caught footage of the suspects before the attack. 

Homeowners can learn more about the Security Camera Registry and sign up on the registry website

The suspects were Alberto Pablo Montes, 18, Manual Duran, 18, and a 15-year-old whose identity cannot be withheld because he is a minor. 

The adult suspects were booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail and the juvenile at Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall and could face several charges related to the attack.


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