TEMPLE CITY (CBSLA.com) — Three men have been arrested in connection with a home-invasion robbery in Duarte and several home burglaries, and authorities say there may be more victims.
Ronald Wayne Johnson, Timothy Dwayne Johnson and Dion Andre Smith were arrested in connection with the March 4 robbery at a Duarte home. The three men are documented South Los Angeles-area gang members, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. All three men are each being held on more than $1 million bail and faces several charges of burglary, robbery, carjacking and criminal street terrorism.
In that crime, four men in a “high-end luxury SUV” pulled into the victim’s driveway, got out and while one struggled with the resident, who was working in his carport, the three others forced their way into the home, sheriff’s officials said. The suspects encountered the victim’s wife inside, and she was “assaulted, hit and kicked,” officials said.
The men entered a bedroom and stole valuables. As they fled the home, officials say one of the robbers tried to carjack a vehicle from a passersby who had stopped in front of the home after noticing the commotion.
“During their investigation, detectives were able to locate and identify the suspects’ vehicle and identify three of the four suspects believed to be responsible for the violent robbery, as well as two additional residential burglaries and two attempted residential burglaries nearby on the same day,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement.
The fourth suspect has been identified, but more investigation is required and charges have yet to be filed, sheriff’s officials said.
Detectives said they also determined that the suspects had been involved in numerous additional residential burglaries throughout Los Angeles County, including Arcadia, Downey, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Glendora and Los Angeles.
“Typically known as ‘knock-knock’ burglars, these crews, often formed by gang members, utilize high-end luxury vehicles to blend into a middle class and affluent neighborhoods where they break into homes ransacking and stealing valuables such as cash, jewelry, and weapons,” sheriff’s officials said.
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