Santa Maria family recovering after fighting off home invaders


SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Santa Maria family is recovering from multiple injuries after fighting back during a home invasion on Saturday morning.

The grandfather, who was not home during the attack, say the family was getting checked at the hospital on Monday.

Police say the four victims sustained moderate injuries and bruising. 

The family's 11-year-old son tackled one of the assailants as he pointed a gun to his father's face. All four victims fought the three suspects before police arrived and arrested the men. 

Police arrested Alberto Pablo Montes and Manual Duran, both 18-year-olds, and a 15-year-old whose identity is not being released. The Santa Maria Police Department reports the suspects have gang ties. 

"I was scared because this is the first time that I heard about an invasion close to my house," said Maurillo Murcia, the family's neighbor. 

Although things worked out okay for this family, security experts warn families to avoid confrontation when possible during these type of situations. 

"The first advice I usually say is to run," said Joe Cedillos, of Frontal Security Services. "If you can't get out of the house, hide. Barricade yourself in the bathroom. The third thing is basically, if you're face to face with them or whoever it may be you're going to have to fight."

Cedillos also recommends investing in a surveillance system, motion activated lights or even a dog. He says the most basic rule is still simply locking your doors and windows.

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