VISALIA – Tulare Sheriff’s detectives were able to arrest two of the three suspects who broke into a rural Visalia home and held the residents at gunpoint while they robbed the house.
The incident took place on Friday around 2 a.m. Three suspects broke into the victims’ residence in the 11000 block of Avenue 360. Two females, ages 46 and 20, and one male, age 50, were in the house at the time.
Two of the suspects were wearing masks to disguise their identity during the crime. The suspects held the victims at bay with firearms while they went through the house, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The suspects stole marijuana and a rifle, and then fled the scene in the victims’ vehicle. No one in the house was injured.
Detectives investigating the incident were able to move in on the suspects quickly. They served a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of Fowne Ct. in Bakersfield. Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department and Southern Tri-County HIDTA assisted with the case.
Authorities found most of the stolen property at the residence and arrested the two adults in the house. Julio Cruz, 27, and Bertha Cibrian, 32, both residents of Bakersfield, were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.
Three children, whose ages ranged from 7 to 14 years old, were in the home at the time of the arrest. They were placed into child protective custody, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Cibrian faces charges of home invasion robbery, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit crime and child endangerment. Cruz faces those charges plus auto theft, possession of a firearm with a mask, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $100,000 for both suspects.
Detectives are continuing the investigation into the robbery and are still looking for other suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218.
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