8/7/14, "Two killed in robbery of marijuana-growing operation in Fresno," LA Times, Adolfo Flores
"An apparent robbery of a marijuana-growing operation in Fresno
resulted in a fatal gunfight Thursday that left two suspects dead and a
15-year-old girl being used as a human shield by fleeing robbers.
of the alleged gunmen who broke into the house in south Fresno are in
custody and three remain at large, said Lt. Louis Hernandez with the
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to the house in the 5100 block of South Orange
Avenue about 4:10 a.m., initially for a report of a prowler. The
suspects identified themselves as law enforcement to the residents of
the house, Hernandez said, but the residents didn’t believe them.
alleged robbers then kicked in a door and a gunfight ensued between the
suspects and people in the home. The gunmen kidnapped a 15-year-old
girl from the home and used her as a human shield as they left.
deputies arrived at the scene, Hernandez said, they spotted two cars
fleeing at high speeds.
Authorities lost the vehicle with the kidnapped
girl, but were able to follow the other car to a hospital.
There were three suspects in the vehicle, one of whom was wounded and
succumbed to his injuries.
The suspects in the other car dropped the
teenager off near downtown Fresno.
She called a friend for a ride and arrived back at the home shortly thereafter.
One of the alleged gunmen died at the house after being shot, Hernandez said.
Hernandez, 23, of San Bernardino and Chi Tang, 31, of Madera were
arrested. They could face charges of home-invasion robbery, kidnapping
and two counts of attempted murder, as well as charges of using of a
firearm during the commission of a felony and felony evading, according
to a statement from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
No one has been arrested in connection with the marijuana-growing operation, Lt. Hernandez said."