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Suspect in Lompoc home-invasion robbery was victim’s employee, prosecutors say

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 19:34:43-05

The two men charged in connection with the robbery and attack of a man in his home near Lompoc earlier this month have yet to enter pleas.

Ruben Jesse Gomez, Jr. and Javier Castillo Vasquez, both 38 and from Santa Maria, were in court Thursday for the second day in a row.

The two were arrested Saturday, a week after the attack on a 65-year-old man at his home in the Lasalle Canyon Road area near Lompoc.

In court Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Schoenberg filed an amended complaint against Gomez that included personal use of a weapon.

It is alleged he is the one who went into the victim’s home the morning of Jan. 12 and carried out the attack. Vasquez was reportedly employed by the victim.

Schoenberg also requested bail be increased to $250,000 each for Gomez and Vasquez, who are facing multiple charges, including robbery and burglary. Schoenberg cited the extent of injuries to the victim as her reasoning for requesting the increased bail, but the judge ultimately denied the request.

Wednesday, a protective order was issued to keep the suspects away from the victim and bail set at $175,000.

Both Gomez and Vasquez remained in custody as of late Thursday afternoon, according to jail logs.

They are due back in court Feb. 7 for their continued arraignment.

Ruben Jesse Gomez, Jr. and Javier Castillo Vasquez
Ruben Jesse Gomez, Jr. and Javier Castillo Vasquez