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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

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  • Pictures of Two Remaining Suspects On November 26, 2013 at approximately 1400 hours the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a home invasion robbery had occurred at 6934 Upper Palermo Road, Palermo. Deputies responded and learned that one of the homeowners had shot an intruder in the house. A suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area in a silver newer model Mercedes SUV. The suspect who was shot in the house was transported to a local hospital where he later died. The motive for the attempted robbery appears to be marijuana related. The deceased suspect has not yet been identified. The silver Mercedes SUV is still outstanding at this time and was driven by white female adult. On December 10, 2013, Butte County Sheriff’s detectives, along with detectives from the Santa Rosa Police Department and Sebastopol Police Department served two search warrants and arrested two individuals involved in the botched marijuana robbery attempt that took place at 6934 Upper Palermo Road on November 26, 2013. Butte County Sheriff’s detectives have been working with the Santa Rosa and Sebastopol Police Departments since the robbery suspect who was killed during the robbery was identified as Santa Rosa resident, Hector Gabriel (DOB: 9/18/89). Two of his accomplices, identified as Salvador Mendoza Jr (age 38) from Santa Rosa and Yonatan Tesfazghi (age 19) from Sebastopol were arrested and charged with murder. Their bail was set at $1,000,000 each. Under California law, the two suspects in this case have been charged with murder based on the illegal and dangerous act committed by them was such that it resulted in the death of their co-conspirator. The investigation is ongoing as detectives attempt to identify the remaining suspects. The silver Mercedes SUV has been located by detectives. UPDATED PRESS RELEASE December 17, 2013: The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is releasing surveillance photographs of two remaining suspects wanted for questioning in the failed robbery attempt that took place at 6934 Upper Palermo Road. Both are Hispanic males believed to be in their 20’s. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Ryan Gsell at 530-538-7671.
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