FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POINT OF CONTACT: LT. JIM STUARD, 760-839-4444
On 08-21-13, at approximately 0029 hours, a female resident in the 1300 block of Kenora Place, woke to noises in the living room of her home. She looked down her hallway to see a suspect, his face covered, walking towards her carrying a baseball bat. Another suspect was seen in the living room, also armed with a bat or similar weapon and in the process of disconnecting a television set. The resident woke her husband causing the two suspects to flee the house, taking a laptop computer.
Moments later, two suspects forcibly robbed a person of his bicycle blocks from the scene of the burglary. Numerous officers were dispatched to the scene of both crimes, but a search of the area for the suspects was unsuccessful.
Approximately an hour later, at 0143 hours, a female resident in the 3100 block of Sycamore Crest Place, observed two suspects in her neighborhood, trying to open doors to nearby homes. The suspects made their way to her door and her brother yelled at the suspects to leave. The two suspects went to their vehicle, retrieved baseball bats and then walked up to the woman’s car and smashed out the windshield. The suspects then drove from the area in a dark colored, two door Honda. The suspect descriptions provided by the witnesses matched the general descriptions from the two previous cases.
Less than an hour past when a female resident in the 2200 block of E. Lincoln Avenue, woke to find two suspects in her home armed with baseball bats. She yelled out to her two male roommates, one an active duty Navy Enlisted Man and the other recently discharged from the Navy. All three residents confronted the suspects and a violent fight ensued. Although one of the servicemen and the female witness were injured, their injuries were minor. Neither victim required emergency medical treatment. Both suspects sustained significant injuries during the altercation and fled the scene of their crime. They managed to escape and were seen leaving in the same dark colored Honda.
While officers search for the suspects, two male subjects, walked into Palomar Medical Center seeking treatment for multiple contusions, lacerations and abrasions. Officers responded to Palomar Medical Center and contacted the two subjects, who were later positively identified as the suspects in the series of crimes that had occurred over the past several hours. A dark colored, two door Honda was located in the parking lot of the hospital and determined to be the suspect’s vehicle. Both suspects were arrested and after being released from medical treatment, were taken to the Escondido Police Department for processing.
The suspects, identified as Brandon Martinez, age 20, of Escondido and Antonio Amador, age 18, of Escondido, were later booked into the Vista Detention Facility charged with: Residential Hot-Prowl Burglary, 2 counts, Home Invasion Robbery, 2 counts, assault with a deadly weapon, and criminal conspiracy. Amador was additionally charged with committing a felony crime while on bail.
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