Ceres family suffers home invasion attack

CERES -- Three armed men forced their way into a Ceres home Tuesday morning, taking money and pistol-whipping a man, Ceres police said.

And in the search for the suspects, police stopped a car matching the getaway car. The stop did not turn up any suspects in the home invasion, police said, but it did lead to the arrest of two men on drug charges.

In the home invasion robbery, a woman in a home in the 1700 block of Nadine Avenue answered a knock at the door at 10:36 a.m. Three men armed with handguns forced their way in, demanding money and searching the house. Two children were home during the robbery.

The intruders found the woman's husband in an upstairs bedroom, where they struck him across the head with a handgun. The intruders fled when a relative of the family came to the front door. The suspects fled on foot and may have left the area in a newer model, white Chrysler 300 sedan.

Two of the suspects are described as Latinos, about 25 years old. One was wearing a white shirt and blue shorts; the other was wearing a white shirt and black pants and had facial hair. The third suspect is described as a Latino, unknown age, wearing a black sweat shirt with silver lettering on it.

At 11:39 a.m. officers spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the suspects' car. Officers tried to stop the car, but the driver did not respond to officers' lights and sirens. After a low-speed chase of about a half-mile, the vehicle stopped. Officers discovered that the driver, Hugo Solorzano, 25, and a passenger, Jose Penaloza, 21, were wanted on outstanding felony arrest warrants, according to a news release. They were both arrested. A second passenger was questioned and released.

Officers found a "large amount" of packaged marijuana and a loaded 9 mm handgun in the vehicle's passenger compartment, police said.

Solorzano and Penaloza were arrested on suspicion of evading arrest as well as possession of marijuana for sale and each being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the news release.

Anyone with information regarding the home invasion robbery is asked to call Detective Keith Griebel at 538-5745.