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Family fights back during home invasion in Santa Maria

Posted at 4:48 PM, Apr 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-14 00:03:20-04

A family fought back against three armed home invasion suspects in Santa Maria on Saturday morning.

The Santa Maria Police Department reported the family was woken up by the suspects who put a gun to the father’s head and demanded valuables.

His 11-year-old son heard the disturbance, rushed to the bedroom, and tackled the gunman, according to the report. The father then fought with the gunman as the mother and another teenage son “physically fought off the other armed attackers, sustaining serious physical injuries.”

Officers arrived on the scene in the area of Western Avenue and Frank Lane and chased two suspects fleeing on foot before capturing them. The father subdued and detained the third suspect inside the home.

Police say the attack appears to have been a random crime of opportunity.

The suspects were identified as Alberto Pablo Montes, 18, Manual Duran, 18, and an unidentified 15-year-old male.

The Santa Maria Police Department said Alberto Pablo Montes, 18, Manual Duran, 18, and an unidentified 15-year-old male are responsible for the robbery.

“Officers have canvased the neighborhood looking for witnesses and home surveillance systems not on file with the Security Camera Registry which may have captured the actions of the suspects immediately prior to the home invasion,” the press release stated. “We encourage anyone with further information regarding the criminal activity of the named suspects or information about this specific crime to please contact the investigating officer or lead detective.”

Homeowners can learn more about the Security Camera Registry and sign up here.