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Atascadero police arrest 7 in home invasion robbery

Atascadero Police arrested seven suspects after an alleged early morning home invasion.
Atascadero Police arrested seven suspects after an alleged early morning home invasion.

Atascadero police say seven men were arrested early Saturday morning after a home invasion robbery on the 8400 block of San Gregorio Road.

According to a news release posted on the Atascadero Police Department’s Facebook page, officers were dispatched at 2:30 a.m. Saturday following a 911 call and found two vehicles leaving the area. Officers stopped the vehicles and took the suspects into custody.

Police say the suspects entered the victims’ home and identified themselves as law enforcement officers. The victims were held at gunpoint and forcefully restrained.

According to police, “a large amount of cash and other property” were taken. One victim was able to free himself and call 911, the release said.

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol assisted with the arrests.

The following suspects were taken into custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail booked on suspicion of robbery: Carnell Bowden, 34, of San Bernadino; Tamone Thompson, 37, of Hayward; Michael Bowden, 31, of Long Beach; Joseph Perry, 35, of Antioch; John Cichosz, 36, of Oakley; Daniel Gonzalez, 47, of Antioch; and Treaveon Falls, 26, of Long Beach.

Additional charges are pending. Police say they believe the suspects specifically targeted the residence.

All suspects are being held on $100,000 bail each, according to jail records.

Melissa Blanton: 805-781-7965, @DowntownMelissa

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