Five men arrested in an armed home invasion robbery in Clovis were released from Fresno County Jail.
The men were released because the district attorney’s office was unable to file charges within the required 48 hours of the arrests, said Steve Wright, assistant district attorney.
The case remains under investigation and the releases don’t preclude the men from being arrested in the future if charges are filed in the case, he said.
The men, identified as Charles Mao, 21, Victor Pech, 26, and Timmy My, Kevin Pech and Johnny Pech, all 20, were charged with conspiracy to commit home invasion, false imprisonment, kidnapping, attempted homicide and other charges.
“The level of probable cause to arrest doesn’t always include everything that the District Attorney’s office needs to effectively obtain a conviction,” said Janet Stoll-Lee, Clovis Police spokeswoman. “Often times cases of this magnitude require extensive follow-up for a successful prosecution.”
She said police investigators will continue to work with the District Attorney’s office to move toward prosecuting the assailants.
“The decision to not file charges at this time does not mean that no charges will ever be filed,” Stoll-Lee said.
Around 11:15 p.m. on March 2, several armed men entered a home in the 2700 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Clovis police said. One of the the home’s residents was injured in a fight with one of the men.
After hearing a disturbance, neighbors went to help the victims and chased several of the men away, Clovis police said. The men fled in a vehicle, and a witness gave police a description and direction of their travel.
Officers found the vehicle and detained the men, police said.