Update: Home invasion suspects charged with robbery, burglary, sexual assault

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Friday 4:06 p.m. – Five people, including four gang members, were charged Friday with an early morning home-invasion robbery in Sorrento Valley in which a mother of three was attacked as she slept and sexually assaulted.

Stephen Ramon Gomez, 20, Thomas James Smith, 24, and brothers Aaron David Rico III, 20, and 17-year-old Aaron David Rico V were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery, burglary and sexual assault. All four are gang members, said Deputy District Attorney Jalyn Wang.

Robin Elizabeth Shawver, 20, faces conspiracy, robbery and burglary counts.

The arraignment follows Thursday’s announcement by police that six people were arrested in connection with a series of residential robberies during which some victims were tied up and threatened with guns in their northern San Diego homes.

One person arrested Thursday in connection with the crime spree, 19-year- old Victor Fransisco Harvey, was not charged in Friday’s case.

1:00 p.m. – Five people, some of them alleged gang members, are scheduled to be arraigned Friday for a series of residential robberies during which some victims were tied up and threatened with guns in their northern San Diego residences. 

Stephen Ramon Gomez, 20, Victor Fransisco Harvey, 19, Aaron David Rico, 20, Robin Elizabeth Shawver, 20, and Thomas James Smith, 24, were taken into custody Wednesday. A 17-year-old was also arrested but his name was withheld because he is a minor, according to San Diego police.

Gomez, Rico, Shawver and Smith were each booked on multiple robbery charges, according to jail records. Gomez, Rico and Shawver also face kidnapping charges; Gomez and Shawver, a conspiracy charge; and Harvey, a charge of receiving stolen property.

Gomez also is accused of committing rape with a foreign object during one of the burglaries, Capt. David Nieslit said.

2/18/2016 – Six arrests were made in the North County Home Invasion Series Thursday, the San Diego Police Department announced in a press release.

A press conference was scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Thursday in front of San Diego Police Department Headquarters to formally announce the arrests.

The series of scary invasions started January 31, 2016 on Passerine Way and continued several times until the latest such invasions took place in a pair of early morning robberies on February 11.

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According to police, the following individuals were arrested: Victor Harvey, 19, Thomas Smith, 25, Stephen Gomez, 20, Aaron Rico, 20, and Robin Shawver, 20.

One 17 year old juvenile was also arrested. Further information and details regarding these arrests will be released during the press conference.

2/11/16 – Homes in the Sabre Springs and Carmel Mountain Ranch neighborhoods were broken into early Thursday and investigators were working to determine if the same three suspects carried out those and similar recent break- ins in Rancho Bernardo and Sorrento Valley.

The latest home-invasion robbery occurred in the 14000 block of Breezeway Place near Cedarhurst Lane around 5:20 a.m. Three suspects, one of whom was armed with a gun, somehow gained entry to the home, tied up the residents and escaped with some of their property, San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said.

The break-in was about five miles from the Sabre Springs neighborhood, where a trio of thieves entered a home in the 11300 block of Spring Meadow Lane through a side door around 2:45 a.m. Police said one suspect was armed during that robbery as well.

The suspects in the first robbery this morning were only said to have been wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts, according to the officer.

Cali said it was not immediately clear whether the suspects were the same men wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery in the 11400 block of Aliento Court in Rancho Bernardo Friday and the weekend before in the 10700 block of Passerine Way in Sorrento Valley.

In both earlier cases, the thieves got into the home through a side door with no signs of forced entry, threatened residents with a gun and bound them, authorities said.

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