Three people, including two juveniles, were arrested following a home invasion robbery in Citrus Heights early Tuesday morning.
Citrus Heights police said an investigation indicated that the victim and suspects were acquainted, and that marijuana was targeted in the theft.
Police received a call about 2 a.m. from a resident in the 13000 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard, who reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot. He told police that he looked outside and saw three people on his neighbor’s property yelling at someone to get on the ground and referring to money. The caller said the people appeared to be associated with a silver-colored sedan waiting nearby, according to a Police Department news release.
When officers arrived, they located the vehicle and saw several men running from the house. The individuals got into the waiting vehicle, which was driven away at a high speed, police said.
Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but it accelerated and a pursuit ensued. Police said the vehicle failed to stop at numerous controlled intersections, and the driver turned off the headlights in an apparent effort to elude officers. The occupants were seen throwing items from the vehicle, police said.
The pursuit ended when the vehicle pulled into a parking lot, and police vehicles blocked its path.
Two of the five occupants ran from the vehicle, and one was apprehended by a police dog.
Citrus Height police launched a search for the other suspect, setting up a perimeter with the assistance of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and Roseville and Folsom police.
The suspect was located after several area residents called the sheriff’s dispatch center to report someone knocking on apartment doors claiming that he had been involved in a vehicle accident and asking to be let in to call for help. He was detained by officers.
Retracing the pursuit route, officers located several items believed to have been discarded by the suspects. They located a pellet handgun near the end of the route and also found a 5-gallon bucket of marijuana, police said.
Although the original call for service reported the sound of a gunshot, police said they found no evidence that a firearm was discharged at the scene of the alleged robbery.
Booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail were Tevin Bolten, 22, of Sacramento; John Sherrard, 19, or Orangevale; and Darius Pope, 19, of Fair Oaks. The other two suspects, both 17 years old, were booked at Sacramento County Juvenile Hall. Their names have not been released because of their age. Police said allegations against the suspects include robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading of officers, conspiracy and vandalism.
The victim suffered minor injuries but declined to be transported to a hospital, police said. The suspect apprehended by the police dog was treated at a hospital, then released for booking.
No officers were injured.
Police encourage residents to be alert to what is happening in their neighborhood. They credited the quick resolution to Tuesday morning’s incident to the neighbor who reported what he believed to be the sound of a gunshot.
Police also urge residents to be cautious about letting people they don’t know into their homes, noting that it is safer to make a call for someone rather than allowing them inside.