Laton homeowner shoots up burglary suspects’ pickup truck

Suspects Jose Nieves, left, Antero Mangaser
Suspects Jose Nieves, left, Antero Mangaser Kings County Sheriff’s Office

A Laton-area homeowner detained two burglary suspects at gunpoint after riddling their getaway vehicle with gunfire Friday, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The incident happened about 3:40 p.m. in the 17000 block of Everett Avenue, where the victim called 911 and reported two men were breaking into his home and stealing from the garage. The homeowner, armed with a small-caliber handgun, confronted the pair as they carried tools from the garage.

The victim was on the phone with sheriff’s dispatchers and believed one of the suspects was armed, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The suspects “failed to comply” with victim, who, “fearing for his safety ... fired multiple shots at the suspects’ unoccupied GMC pickup.”

Both suspects surrendered and went to the ground until deputies arrived. The suspected weapon carried by one suspect turned out to be a impact wrench with a pistol grip.

Antero Mangaser, 32, and Jose Nieves, 36, both from Laton, were booked into Kings County Jail on charges of burglary and conspiracy. About $1,200 in stolen tools was recovered.