Three men are in custody after police say they have been recognized as the suspects who did a home-invasion on Arroyo Avenue in January 2013. Police say no one was hurt during the robbery, although one suspect began shooting a gunfire into the house as the men were escaping. Patrice Davis of Oakland, Ryan Porter and Deante Harper, who are all 19 and from Stockton, are held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.
Each one faces burglary, robbery and other crime accusations regarding the case, which was one of four home attacks in Piedmont that occurred between December 2012 and January 2013. Davis and Porter are scheduled to show up for a pretrial hearing at Oakland’s Wiley M. Manuel courthouse. It’s unknown when Harper will next show up in court.
A fourth man who was also involved in the burglary, Dewell Smith, 19, of Oakland, is presently dead, police said. Proof recouped from the scene helped police recognize the four men, as indicated by investigators. The Jan. 21, 2013 robbery on Arroyo Avenue near York Drive came minutes after an alternate home intrusion near Estates Drive.
The suspects wore bandanas over their faces, constrained their path into the Arroyo Avenue home at gunpoint, locked a male victim in the storm cellar and constrained a female victim into her room, striking her repeatedly as they requested money and jewelry, police said. The male victim managed to get away from the cellar and hurried to a neighbor’s house to call police.
As the suspects were escaping, one fired a gun into the home as victim attempted to follow him, police said. Nobody was harmed by the gunfire, which passed through windows in the front and back of the house.
The theft and the other home attacks incited occupants to have a town meeting a few weeks after the incident and police Chief Rikki Goede illustrated steps the division was taking to secure open security, including pushing for more Neighborhood Watch meetings and getting assistance from outside agencies.