Neighbors Foil Fresno Home Invasion

FRESNO, Calif. Fresno Police say things could have been much worse at the home but thankfully neighbors saw the suspects approach the home and called police. It's because of that quick thinking that officers were able to catch them just two miles down the road.

Still visibly shaken with a jacket draped over her shoulder -- the victim of a home invasion describes to police what happened at her Southeast Fresno home Monday.

Officers say two suspects tried to burglarize the property just after 10:00 in the morning. Upon entering the house -- we're told the suspects were surprised to see the victim inside.

Lt. Burke Farrah said, "That person yelled for help and that frightened her and the suspects as well. Everybody took off running from the house."

Police were able to track down the white Mazda pickup two miles south of the incident at Peach and Kings Canyon.

Two male suspects were both handcuffed and taken into custody. Officers credit alert and aware neighbors as the key to the arresting the men so quickly.

"When the neighborhood watch concept is really put into play, bad guys go to jail," said, Lt. Farrah.

Citywide -- Fresno is seeing a ten and a half percent increase in burglaries compared to this time last year. However in Southeast Fresno, burglaries are down more than 21-percent in the same time period.

Neighbor, Julia Navarro said, "I feel safe. I've been here 37-years and everything is ok to me."

Navarro lives in the same neighborhood where the home invasion attempt took place. She has an alarm installed, but Navarro says she's not afraid of crime mainly because of who lives around her.

Rebecca Romero lives across the street. "Sometimes I get out during the night to go to my car and get something out of my car. And it's so quiet, i look at all the streets and it's so quiet i never had a problem," said Romero.

No word if they were armed in the incident. Police think they may be linked to other break-ins in the area, which could lead to additional charges.

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