New Details Emerge in Burglary at Fremont Home With Marijuana Grow - NBC Bay Area

New Details Emerge in Burglary at Fremont Home With Marijuana Grow

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    New details surfaced in a Fremont home burglary in which two Oakland men were arrested last week, police said. Terry McSweeney reports. (Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017)

    New details surfaced in a Fremont home burglary in which two Oakland men were arrested last week, police said.

    Before the suspects were taken into custody, they were leaping onto neighbors' roofs, one man was taken hostage briefly, and another nearby resident had their own gun drawn for protection. 

    At 2:23 a.m. June 20, a resident on Lake Mead Drive reported hearing a loud crash. They saw a neighbor's garage door had been pried open and two people inside the home, police said.

    When officers arrived they saw flashlights coming from inside the home, but the suspects fled the scene.

    Officers set up a perimeter and, with help from a California Highway Patrol helicopter, searched the area. At 3:52 a.m., they located and arrested one suspect at a nearby home, police said.

    At 4:45 a.m., an officer located the second suspect at a home nearby on Lake Candlewood Drive. There, the suspect had a 67-year-old man in a choke-hold before eventually surrendering to officers, police said.

    The neighborhood was still on edge a week later after seeing and hearing the suspects lead police on a foot chase and try to get into their homes.

    "As I looked up, one of the suspects jumped from the roof over my bedroom to the roof of our deck," Jennifer Smith said. "At that point, I just yelled get off my roof or I'll shoot."

    The suspect kept moving into the backyard where Karen Larioza lives.

    "The master bedroom has a sliding door," she said. "That's what he was trying to go inside, but we had already locked it."

    Her father-in-law, Rodoflo Larioza, was worried about police firing their weapons from the helicopter above.

    "I'm worried that they might fire, and I know my roof is not bulletproof," he said.

    The other suspect did get into the home of a man still too shaken to talk. Police said "the officer observed a suspect inside of the residence, choking the 67-year-old male victim. The victim did not stop yelling and continued to elbow (the suspect) in an effort to get free. Eventually, the victim was able to break away."

    One suspect,a 32-year-old man from Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, burglary and auto theft. The second suspect, a 31-year-old man from Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, police said.

    According to police, during an investigation, officers located a marijuana grow operation at the burglarized house on Lake Mead Drive. They also located a stolen vehicle nearby that was associated with the suspects, police said.

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