Two men and a juvenile were arrested in connection with a South San Francisco home invasion robbery on Monday morning in which the intruders threatened three teenagers with a knife and stole clothes and miscellaneous electronics, South San Francisco police Sgt. Tom Neary said.
The teenage victims were inside a home on the 800 block of Commercial Way playing video games when they heard a ruckus outside at around 9:30 a.m., according to police.
Two suspects began pounding on the door of the home, and when the teens heard a window shatter, they locked themselves in a bedroom, police said. The victims then heard the suspects rummaging through the residence and within 15 minutes the intruders broke open the door of the bedroom where the teens were hiding, according to police.
One of the suspects brandished a knife and ordered the teens not to move, police said. The suspects then fled the home with the victims’ stolen property, Neary said.
Through interviews with the victims, the police were able to affirm the suspects knew the victims and intentionally targeted the home, Neary said.
Through the investigation police were led to 19-year-old Enrique Cruz who was located at his South San Francisco home with the juvenile suspect, Neary said. Both were found with the stolen property and Cruz was determined to be the primary burglar, Neary said. Cruz was taken to San Mateo County Jail and booked on several felonies including robbery and burglary in the first degrees, conspiracy and possession of stolen property, Neary said.
When police arrived at the Cruz’s home, the juvenile attempted to flee by jumping out of a second-story window. He was booked at Hillside for receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and violating his probation, Neary said. A second suspect, 19-year-old South San Francisco resident Percibal Omar Alberto was arrested Tuesday in connection with the robbery and was charged with conspiracy, burglary and possessing stolen property, Neary said.