Two men and one woman are behind bars on suspicion of taking part in an armed home-invasion robbery Thursday morning in Loomis, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities said they don’t know the motive or whether the suspects and victims knew each other.
Intruders at a rural home on Creekside Lane duct-taped the two residents to a chair, said Dena Erwin, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman. They then ransacked the home, fleeing with property – including a shotgun – and two cars. The victims, a man and woman in their 20s, freed themselves and called 911 at 12:18 p.m., according to authorities. They were not hurt.
“They held the victims inside the house for hours,” Erwin said. “At some point, they aimed an AK-47 at the (victims’) heads.”
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Within 30 minutes, sheriff’s deputies located the two stolen cars traveling west on Interstate 80, just east of the Douglas Boulevard exit in Roseville, Erwin said. Deputies, working with the California Highway Patrol and Roseville police, closed the highway’s westbound lanes for several minutes while they stopped the two stolen cars.
Officials made a “felony stop,” which meant “taking the suspects out at gunpoint,” Erwin said. “It was too dangerous to have citizens driving about at the time.”
Deputies took two of the suspects, a man and a woman, into custody on the freeway without incident. By 1 p.m., I-80 was reopened. The third suspect, a male, was arrested at a car wash near Cirby Way and Riverside Avenue in Roseville.
The three suspects face charges including home invasion, armed robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle, Erwin said.
Neither the names of the victims nor the suspects have been released. The suspects were expected to be booked into Placer County Jail on Thursday evening.