Four teenagers were arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly committing a home invasion at gunpoint after initially trying to gain entry by claiming to be police officers at the front door.
The crime occurred in the 3000 block of Glen Field Lane east of Mitchell Road and south of Fowler Road.
Arrested were Alfonso Garcia, 19, and Luis Delgado Avina, 19, both of Turlock, Carlos Moran Vasquez, 18, of Modesto and a 17-year-old juvenile from Turlock whose name was not released.
The arrests came after police cordoned off an area in the neighborhood and received the help of other agencies and the Sheriff’s Department helicopter.
Police were called at 12:42 a.m. by one of the victims as the invasion was in progress. Officers arrived quickly on scene but the suspects had fled on foot prompting officers to set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and a yard-by-yard search as suspects jumped over fences. One suspect was captured on the roof of a home.
Those in the house said they received a knock on their door by someone identifying themselves as members of the Ceres Police Department. Suspecting that something didn’t seem right, the victims didn’t open the door. That’s when the suspects forced their way into the home and held the victims at gunpoint. When one of the victims was able to call 911, the suspects took off on foot. The victims were shaken but not injured.
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies and helicopter crew, along with Ontel Security, helped apprehend the suspects and booked them into jail on a variety of charges.
A weapon was located during the search as well as a 2001 Nissan which investigators believe was used in crime. The car had been reported stolen in county jurisdiction and recovered by Ceres Police later in the morning.
The case is being investigated.