Authorities in Lake County have captured a man suspected of conspiring with two other people in a Modesto home-invasion robbery in late July.
Clearlake police helped the U.S. Marshals Service’s fugitive task force find 27-year-old Daniel Reagan. On Monday, Reagan remained in custody at the Lake County Jail. He is charged with resisting arrest, drug possession and violating parole, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
Modesto police said Reagan could be brought back to Stanislaus County by the end of this week to face charges connected with the Modesto home-invasion robbery. He is scheduled to appear in a Lake County courtroom today .
Reagan was arrested Sept. 4 when a Clearlake police officer spotted him standing next to a parked vehicle. When the officer got out of his vehicle, Reagan walked away.
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The officer told Reagan to stop or he would order his police dog to stop him, according to Clearlake police Sgt. Tim Hobbs. Reagan then ran into a nearby home’s yard before climbing over a fence into another yard.
The police dog climbed over the fence and caught Reagan. The officer then took Reagan into custody. The officer searched Reagan and found him carrying heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to Hobbs.
The police dog bit Reagan, who suffered injuries on his leg and buttocks. Reagan was treated at St. Helena Hospital in Clearlake before he was booked at the jail.
Reagan was involved in an April 2013 incident in which he was kicked in the groin by Ceres police officer Christopher Melton. The former officer is now on trial, charged with misdemeanor assault for kicking Reagan.
Police spotted Reagan leaving the area of a reported home-invasion robbery in Ceres. Reagan lay face down on a sidewalk and surrendered to police before he was kicked. Melton has testified that he intended to kick Reagan on the inside of his leg and inadvertently kicked the suspect in the groin. Melton’s trial continues today.
More than a year after the Ceres kicking incident, Reagan, Richard White and Maureen Buchanan ransacked a man’s home while he was held at gunpoint, according to Modesto police.
White was arrested in late August, and Buchanan was arrested not long after the armed robbery, which occurred July 28 in the 2800 block of Stoneridge Drive in east Modesto. Investigators believe Reagan and White conspired with Buchanan to get inside the home.
The victim told police he barely knew Buchanan, who showed up at his house at 6:30 a.m. and with whom he proceeded to have breakfast. While they were having breakfast, the victim heard a knock on his door.
Modesto police said Buchanan then let in two masked men, one of whom was carrying a gun. The robbers ransacked the victim’s home and repeatedly demanded money from him, according to investigators.
During the holdup, one of the robbers hit the victim in the head with the gun. The robbers took the victim’s cellphone. Police said one of the men drove away in the victim’s Ford pickup with Buchanan. The other man left in a dark-blue Chevrolet pickup with a white camper shell.
Buchanan was identified as a suspect after an officer recognized her in a photo provided by the victim. White and Buchanan remained in custody Monday at the Stanislaus County Jail.