Bat-wielding attackers allegedly break in to house; Placer deputies arrest 7 people
Five adults and two juveniles from Kings Beach were arrested on assault charges after allegedly breaking into a Truckee area home armed with baseball bats.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, Placer County Sheriff’s officers responded to a 911 call from a home on Silver Fir Drive, where it was reported several suspects had kicked in the front door and were assaulting residents with baseball bats, according to Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Lori Ziegler.
The home is located in Placer County just south of the Truckee town line.
Juvenile transported to hospital
Three residents were assaulted in the incident, including a juvenile who received several broken bones. The juvenile was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, while the two others refused medical attention, Ziegler said.
The incident apparently stems from an unreturned love interest between a boy and a girl.
“One guy who broke in liked the girl that was there,” said Ziegler. “The guy wanted to see her, she did not want to see him.”
The injured people were just visiting the girl who lived there, Ziegler said.
The suspects fled in separate vehicles before sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. A vehicle with three of the suspects was later spotted traveling toward Kings Beach on Highway 267; the second getaway car and the other four suspects were later discovered at a home on Estate Drive in Tahoe Vista, Sheriff’s Sgt. John Savage said. Zeigler added the home belonged to one of the juvenile suspect’s grandparents.
Investigators and patrol deputies surrounded the residence at about 5:40 a.m. and located the suspects, taking them into custody.
Five adults and two juveniles were arrested after the incident, including Rodolfo Magana, 29, Mario Mendoza, 26, Martin Mendoza, 30, Bernadino Morales, 21, and Roger Perkins, 21, all of Kings Beach.
Charges included conspiracy to commit burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, public intoxication, resisting arrest, and violation of probation.
Upon further investigation, detectives determined Martin and Mario Mendoza and one juvenile to be the primary suspects. The Mendozas were being held at Placer County jail in Auburn on $25,000 bail, which they later posted.
The juvenile remains in custody at Juvenile Hall in Auburn.
One charge of possession of a dangerous weapon was added to the counts filed against the three primary suspects.
Ziegler said the second juvenile, Perkins, Morales and Magana were released later the same night after detectives determined they did not enter the house. The Placer County District Attorney, however, could decide to press charges against the four men, she added.
The incident does not appear to be gang related, according to sheriff’s reports.
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