Four arrested after home invasion

DOWNEY - Four suspects have been arrested following a home invasion robbery in an affluent neighborhood of Downey.According to Downey police, two women approached a home on the 9700 block of Haledon Avenue at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday and asked for water for their overheated vehicle. As the victim was closing the front door, two men forced their way into the house and at gunpoint ordered two victims to lie on the ground. The suspects demanded money and ransacked the home, Downey police said in a news release. One of the victims managed to obtain a license plate number as the suspects drove away. Downey detectives tracked the suspects and made three arrests in Huntington Park. A fourth suspect surrendered to police later that night. The suspects were identified as Daisy Castellanos, 23, of Bell Gardens; Emilio Escovar, 22, of Huntington Park; Ricardo Arroyo, 27, of Whittier; and Richard Leandro, 23, of Huntington Park. A fourth suspect, described as a female Hispanic in her 20s wearing medical type scrubs, is still at large, police said. Castellanos, Leandro and Arroyo were charged with armed robbery, while Escovar was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. All four suspects are in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pending a court appearance. Anyone with information on the case or the whereabouts of the fourth suspect is asked to call Detective Sam Gatfield at (562) 904-2391 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

********** Published: December 11, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 33