Weed allegedly at center of deadly home invasion
Police have identified three suspects, one who died, in armed home invasion that escalated into a shooting in Santa Rosa early Monday morning at a residence where two people were later arrested on suspicion of cultivating and selling marijuana.
Pablo Reyes-Martinez, 22, of Santa Rosa, died after a shooting with a resident in a home invasion reported in the 600 block of Acacia Lane around 12:50 a.m., police said. The second suspect, 24-year-old Fidencio Reyes Bocanegra, was transported to a hospital for injuries that were considered life-threatening and underwent surgery, according to police.
An update on his condition was not available this evening. The third suspect, 36-year-old Miguel Junior Flores of Cloverdale, was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy, attempted first-degree robbery and committing a felony with a firearm, police said.
The resident told police several armed males tried to force their way into the home, also occupied by a female and two children. The resident and the suspects exchanged gunfire and the suspects fled in a vehicle, police said. None of the residents were injured, according to police.
Based on an investigation, detectives suspect the trio was attempting to rob the home where illegal marijuana cultivation and sales were allegedly taking place, police said. About one hour later, Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies conducted a felony stop on a vehicle that matched the description in the shooting, according to police.
The vehicle was pulling into the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, police said. The suspects in the vehicle initially refused to comply with deputies and the deputies sent rounds of a 40mm chemical agent into the vehicle, according to police.
Two suspects complied and the deputies took them into custody. One of the two suspects, later identified as Bocanegra, was suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to a hospital, police said. Deputies took the other suspect, later determined to be Flores, to the Santa Rosa Police Department for further investigation, according to police.
Deputies found a third suspect, later identified as Reyes-Martinez, unconscious in the vehicle and he was pronounced dead after first responders tried to revive him, police said.
Detectives later determined that the residents, 25-year-old Manuel Garcia and 23-year-old Rolando Ramirez-Ruiz, were allegedly cultivating marijuana at the home, according to Linscomb. Garcia and Ramirez-Ruiz were arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of possession and cultivation of marijuana for sales, manufacturing hashish, possession of narcotics for sale and firearms charges connected with drug sales, police said.
Garcia is also suspected of felony child endangerment because children were in the home where the alleged drug activity was taking place, police said.