Pair arrested in Friday home invasion robbery
Two men are in custody after a home invasion robbery in which the robbers took cash and a large amount of marijuana Friday afternoon on Park Tree Lane.
According to a release from Sgt. Carlos Basurto of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office violent crimes investigation unit, at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to a report of a burglary in the vicinity of Boyes Boulevard and Railroad Avenue. A witness said he saw armed three men leaving a house and fleeing in an orange VW Beetle. Deputies arrived in the area, but were unable to locate the residence or reporting parting for several minutes.
After locating the residence, deputies determined that a home invasion robbery had in fact occurred at a residence in the 18000 block of Park Tree Lane. The victims reported that they had been bound with zip ties and robbed at gunpoint by three to four Hispanic males. The victims were not injured.
The victims reported that the suspects stole cash and a large quantity of marijuana from their residence.
Basurto said deputies determined that the reporting party was actually one of the victims and he was able to free himself in time to see the suspects drive off in a vehicle. It’s not known why the man didn’t identify himself or contact arriving deputies.
About a half hour later, officers from the California Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle westbound on Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa and stopped it at a convenience store near the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Inside the vehicle, officers found a large quantity of marijuana and three loaded handguns.
Deputies arrested 36-year-old Noel Salbalsa Garcia and 35-year-old Ricardo Martin Marin-Casillas. Both suspects are from Mexico, but have been living in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.
Detectives from the Violent Crimes Investigations unit responded and are continuing the investigation. Detectives believe there may be one or more outstanding suspects at this time.