Two Sacramento men are in Placer County Jail after one of them allegedly beat a man in a Lincoln home invasion robbery Monday, then led law enforcement officers on a chase that ended in Rocklin.
Placer County sheriff’s deputies arrested Christopher Lee Smith, 29, and Jaser William Daniel, 33. They were booked into Placer County Jail in Auburn on suspicion of offenses that include assault with a deadly weapon, home invasion robbery, driving under the influence of drugs, being under the influence of a controlled substance, evasion, conspiracy and driving on a suspended license.
The incident began about 11:30 a.m. Monday, when the victim, a 65-year-old man, entered a friend’s home in the 8200 block of McCourtney Road in Lincoln through an unlocked door, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The friend was at work when the victim entered the home. The victim did not know the suspect, later identified as Smith, who reportedly was carrying a crowbar.
A fight began and the victim grabbed a shotgun that the homeowner kept in the house. The two men struggled with the gun, which discharged into the front porch, sheriff’s officials said. The fight continued outside the home, where Smith allegedly beat, choked and kicked the victim.
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Sheriff’s officials said Smith fled to a waiting car driven by Daniel. The victim was able to get a description of the car and its license plate number.
A Lincoln police officer spotted the vehicle. When the driver refused to yield, an 11-mile pursuit ensued, ending on Aspen Court in Rocklin, where the suspects stopped and surrendered, sheriff’s officials said. A California Highway Patrol helicopter aided in the pursuit.
The victim was treated at the scene for injuries.
Bail for Smith and Daniel was set at $106,000 each. Sheriff’s officials said Smith had three warrants from Sacramento County.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.