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They dressed up as feds, tried to break into a home, then sped away in a Lexus, police said

James Lasek, 34, and Lindsey Winter, 30, were arrested on June 5, 2017 on charges of home invasion robbery and impersonating an officer.
James Lasek, 34, and Lindsey Winter, 30, were arrested on June 5, 2017 on charges of home invasion robbery and impersonating an officer.

A man and woman were arrested Monday after allegedly attempting to commit a home invasion while impersonating federal agents in southeast Fresno, Fresno Police said.

James Lasek, 34, and Lindsey Winter, 30, were arrested around 1 a.m. Monday after Fresno Police identified them as the suspects in an attempted home invasion that took place around 1:40 p.m. Sunday at an apartment at the 400 block of South Waverly Lane.

The suspects, dressed in all black, wearing tactical raid vests and armed with a hand gun and a shotgun, approached the apartment and attempted to gain entry by repeatedly kicking the front door. As they were doing that, they repeatedly identified themselves as federal agents, Lt. Carl McKnight said.

After failing to get in, they were confronted by a neighbor. The suspects pointed their guns at him and ordered him to stay back. The two then fled in a white Lexus, but not before the neighbor was able to rip the license plate of the car, McKnight said.

Lasek and Winter were identified as the owners of the vehicle, which they reported as stolen shortly after the incident. Officers got search warrants for several locations in Clovis and they found both weapons along with the clothing and tactical gear used in the attempted invasion along with a high-power tactical rifle.

Both suspects made admissions regarding the crime, McKnight said.

Lasek and Winter were booked in Fresno County Jail on charges of attempted home invasion robbery, criminal threats, brandishing a firearm, possession of an assault weapon and a false police report.

Larry Valenzuela: 559-441-6084, @larryvalwork

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