Three Reedley men were booked into jail Wednesday after burglarizing an occupied home in Kingsburg and leading law enforcement on a chase, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
The men used a baseball bat to smash a glass door and enter a home near South Zediker and East Kamm avenues near Kingsburg about 11 a.m. A woman who was inside at the time ran out to a nearby business to get help and call 911, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.
The woman also called her husband, who arrived and followed the suspects as they fled in a red Dodge Ram pickup. A California Highway Patrol officer in the area spotted the truck and turned his lights on to pull it over. But the suspects didn’t stop, and a chase ensued for about six miles.
The suspects in the truck eventually stopped at Manning and Smith avenues when the truck got stuck in a dirt field.
Citizens helped detain one suspect, Baldemar Ambriz, 20. The other two suspects, Lorenzo Herrera and Morgan Bray, both 19, ran from the truck. As a CHP officer confronted Herrera with his gun drawn, Herrera pointed a .22-caliber rifle at the officer. Additional CHP officers approached Herrera seconds later, and Herrera gave up. Bray was found shortly after.
Deputies and officers searched the suspects’ truck and found a shotgun, cash and jewelry stolen from the home they had broken into.
Ambriz and Bray were booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of first degree burglary, conspiracy and obstructing an officer. Their bail was set at $70,000. They bailed out just before 2 a.m. Thursday.
Herrera was booked into jail on suspicion of first degree burglary, conspiracy, obstructing an officer, assault on an officer with a semi-automatic gun and assault with a semi-automatic gun. He remained in jail on Thursday on $275,000 bail.
Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to call the sheriff’s office dispatch at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.