For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881
SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN HEINOUS HOME INVASION ROBBERY - ARRESTS MADE BUT TORTURE SUSPECT AND OTHERS AT LARGE
Berkeley, California (Thursday, March 12, 2009) - On Wednesday, March 11, 2009 City of Berkeley Police (BPD) Detectives conducted early morning search warrants at 4 separate locations in the Cities of San Pablo and Richmond. The Detectives’ target was a group of 6 suspects responsible for a February 24th home invasion robbery. During the crime, which occurred on the 600 block of Santa Barbara Road the victims were bound, pistol whipped, and carved on with kitchen knives.
Information garnered during the early morning warrants lead to the execution of a 5th warrant in the City of Fairfield by the Fairfield Police Department’s SWAT Team yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 PM.
A break in the case came when a Patrol Sergeant from the El Cerrito Police Department stopped a car driven by one of the suspects. The Sergeant recognized the car and driver from a Wanted Flyer his agency received from the BPD last week. The flyer included photos of the suspects using stolen credit cards and a description of the vehicle.
Arrested for Home Invasion Robbery were:
Buk Khansuwong, AM, 1-2-63, Richmond, CA
Tien Vo, AF, 2-8-80, San Pablo, CA
And an Asian Male Juvenile (16 years old), Richmond, CA
Wanted in connection with this case are the following:
Vern Town Saelee
Vern Sio Saelee
Anthony Ray Douglas
Also wanted is an Asian Male, Juvenile (16 years old), Richmond, CA
These individuals should be considered armed and highly dangerous. The public is urged to contact the BPD Robbery Detail at (510) 981-5742 if they know the whereabouts of these suspects. If you wish to remain anonymous you may contact Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.