MANTECA — An isolated house in rural west Manteca where marijuana was being grown was the scene of a botched home-invasion robbery Thursday evening by at least six intruders who were arrested in the surrounding area, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities were alerted to the attempted robbery in the 3500 block of Yosemite Avenue at about 6:30 p.m.
Few details had emerged by press time, but at least two investigations were under way involving the home invasion and whether the marijuana crop was legal, according to Deputy Les Garcia.
Following the robbery, a massive manhunt involving a helicopter and units from the Manteca Police Department, Lathrop Police Services, the Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol descended on the sparsely populated area near where Highway 120 intersects with Interstate 5.
Officers spent several hours searching for the robbers. By 8:45 p.m., authorities were still searching for a possible seventh suspect, although Garcia said it couldn't be positively confirmed that there was a seventh person involved.
The search took officers up and down McKinley Avenue between Yosemite and Woodward avenues, and west along Bronzan Road and Woodward to a new, gated subdivision at the site of the old Oakwood Lake Resort.
During their flight and apprehension, two suspects were injured. One was taken to a hospital, and the other was treated at the scene.
No further suspect information was available.
The victims at the house, which sits about a quarter-mile back from Yosemite Avenue at the end of a dirt driveway, told authorities they can legally grow marijuana for medicinal uses.