Photo: Lorenzo Herrera, Morgan Bray and Baldemar Ambriz
A woman was in her home near South Zediker and East Kamm Avenue in Kingsburg when she heard someone breaking her windows and entering her home. She rushed out of her house to a nearby business where she alerted police of the burglary in progress. Her husband, whom she also had called, arrived at their home in time to see the three suspects pull away in a red Dodge truck.
A California Highway Patrol Officer spotted the truck and turned on his lights and siren but the driver showed no signs of slowing. Lorenzo Herrera, 19, Morgan Bray, 19, and 20-year old Baldemar Ambriz, led the CHP Officer on a 6-mile chase which concluded when their truck could not get out of a dirt field near Manning and Smith Avenue.
Ambriz, the driver, was detained by citizens while Herrera and Bray tried to make a run for it. Herrera and the CHP officer were pointing weapons at each other but Herrera lowered his .22 caliber rifle and surrendered once more officers arrived. Bray was captured soon thereafter.
If there was any doubt these were the men responsible for the burglary, jewelry and cash from the home were found in the truck, as well as a shotgun.
All three were charged with felony burglary. Herrera was also charged with assault on an officer for pointing his gun at the CHP. Ambriz and Bray have each paid the bond on their $70,000 bail and have been released to await court outside the confines of jail. Herrera remains at the Fresno County Jail with bail set at $275,000.