VISTA — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and detectives from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Vista Station are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the suspects wanted for a home invasion robbery.
Detectives said that on Nov. 08 at about noon, a home invasion robbery occurred on the 700 block of Carmel Circle in Vista. The female homeowner was alone in the residence when she heard a knock on the front door. She opened the door and saw a man and woman whom she did not recognize. After a short conversation that occurred in Spanish, the man grabbed the woman by the throat and both suspects forced their way into the home. Three additional suspects also entered the residence.
The victim was taken into a bedroom where a handgun was pointed at her head while she was pushed to the floor. Someone bound her wrists behind her back and ankles with duct tape. The suspects demanded cash, jewelry and gold from the victim. The victim told them that she did not have anything of value in the home. The victim thought that the suspects had communicated with each other by either walkie talkies or Nextel cellular phones. She heard the beep sound that precluded all transmissions.
The victim was left alone in a bedroom while the suspects searched the home. She was able to free herself and run to a neighbor’s house without being detected. She immediately called 911. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene but the suspects had already fled the area with about $200 in cash and some personal checks. The victim was able to provide a sketch of the first two suspects that she encountered at her front door.
When the victim ran to her neighbor’s house she saw a brand new black Nissan Altima parked on the street just east of her house. She had never seen the vehicle in her neighborhood and may possible be the suspects’ car.
Detectives believe that the suspects may have targeted the victim because she and her husband own a retail jewelry business.
Robbery Suspects Descriptions:
Suspect #1: Hispanic male with light complexion, between 20 and 25 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing about 230 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.
Suspect #2: Hispanic female, between 20 and 25 years old, 5 feet four inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds with long, straight, black hair.
Suspect #3: Hispanic male between 20 and 25 years old.
Suspect #4: Hispanic female between 20 and 25 years old.
Suspect #5: Hispanic male between 20 and 25 years old.
Detectives are asking anyone with information Detectives are asking anyone with information on the identity and or location of the person responsible for this crime to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. There is a $1,000 reward offered in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
• Media inquiries can be directed to Detective Dave Brennan at (760) 940-4724.
• Questions about Crime Stoppers can be directed to Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547 or Officer Jim Johnson at (619) 531-1500.