Seven men have been arrested in connection with a series of home invasions early Monday morning in Petaluma, including three who were at San Francisco International Airport attempting to board a flight, Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies said Tuesday morning.
The group allegedly kicked in doors at three homes on Eugenia Drive around 3 a.m. Monday, tying up the residents and pistol-whipping one of them.
Detectives believe the suspects were looking for marijuana, but there's no evidence that any of the residences in question were involved in cultivation or sales.
The suspects fled in a vehicle, prompting a pursuit and a multi-agency search that lasted for hours and eventually triggered a shelter-in-place order for the Wood Hollow Drive neighborhood of Novato.
They stopped their vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 near the San Marin Drive exit and five suspects bailed on foot. Javon Crockett, a 28-year-old man from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was arrested nearby after knocking on the front door of a home and asking the resident to call him an Uber, deputies said.
Three more men were arrested in the parking lot of the Novato Costco. They include 20-year-old Chrisshawn Denardray Beal and 28-year-old Jaray Day-Shawn Simmons from Winston-Salem as well as 19-year-old Melvin Corbin from Richmond, Virginia.
A woman escaped capture at that location, however.
On Monday evening, detectives arrested three more suspects from Richmond, Virginia — 22-year-old Nakia Robert Lydell, 21-year-old Siddiq Jafar Abdullah and 20-year-old Romello Shamar Jones.
They were trying to board a plane headed back to the East Coast.
All but one of the suspects are being held on $1 million bail each, but Beal has a no-bail warrant out of North Carolina.
There are still two suspects at large, a man and a woman. Investigators are asking anyone with information related to the case to call their local police.