Armed suspects storm upscale O.C. home

December 9, 2009 12:34:47 AM PST
A manhunt is under way in Newport Beach on Wednesday after a violent home invasion robbery in an upscale gated community. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.Three suspects have been arrested, but police are looking for two more.

Police received a cell phone call to a home on Longboat in Newport Coast at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday that residents of a home were being threatened at gunpoint. Four armed subjects entered the home and had demanded jewelry and cash, according to Lt. Craig Fox from the Newport Beach Police Department.

Officers were able to quickly locate the first suspect in a nearby yard.

"He had apparently sustained an injury to his ankle while trying to flee before the police got here," Fox said. The second suspect was apprehended as he was driving out of the area, and the third man was found in a parked vehicle with its lights out.

Fox said there were nine people in the home, and three were treated for head injuries. Two were treated on scene, while the other victim was taken to a local hospital.

Police believed at least one of the two suspects were still inside the home because one suspect was last seen fleeing upstairs. SWAT teams from Irvine and Newport Beach checked the home most of the morning, but by 9 a.m. Wednesday, the search was called off.

Police are unsure how the suspects got into the tightly guarded Pelican Ridge neighborhood. Two of the three suspects in custody are Los Angeles residents, and the third suspect is from Mission Viejo. All three are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Newport Beach Police Department at (800) 550-NBPD.


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