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February 7, 2014

Suspects identified in Loomis home-invasion robbery

Three people arrested Thursday in connection with an armed home-invasion robbery in Loomis have been identified by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

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Three people arrested Thursday in connection with an armed home-invasion robbery in Loomis have been identified by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

Juan Jose Guerrero, 33, Lenny Enrique Saldana, 20, and Anna Rita Velasquez, 26, all of Willits, face a long list of charges stemming from a break-in Thursday morning, in which intruders duct-taped two residents to a chair and ransacked a home before fleeing with two vehicles. At one point, the intruders aimed an AK-47 at the victims, authorities said.

The two victims, a 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were held captive in their home for about five hours but were not hurt, officials said.

One of the suspects once worked for the male victim, investigators said.

“That takes the randomness out of the equation,” said Dena Erwin, sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Erwin declined to say whether officials had figured out a motive. She said one suspect is talking to detectives.

The victims, whose names had not been released, freed themselves and called 911 at 12:18 p.m. Within 30 minutes, sheriff’s deputies located the two stolen vehicles traveling west on Interstate 80, east of the Douglas Boulevard exit in Roseville, Erwin said. Working with the California Highway Patrol, as well as Rocklin and Roseville police, deputies closed the highway’s westbound lanes for several minutes while they stopped the two cars.

Deputies took Saldana and Velasquez into custody on the freeway. Guerrero was arrested at a car wash near Cirby Way and Riverside Avenue in Roseville.

I-80 reopened about 1 p.m.

Placer County officials said the three face charges of robbery, burglary, conspiracy, vehicle theft, grand theft, assault, possession of stolen property and making criminal threats.

Bail has been set at $200,000 for Guerrero and Saldana. Velasquez was not granted bail because she had a warrant in Sonoma County.

She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and bringing a controlled substance into the Placer County jail. Erwin said the drug was presumed to be methamphetamine but had not yet been tested.

Erwin said the three suspects did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when arrested.

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