Three Men Arrested in Recent Home Invasion Robberies

Riverside County Sheriff's deputies arrested three men in connection to a series of home invasion robberies that occurred in Menifee and...

Riverside County Sheriff's deputies arrested three men in connection to a series of home invasion robberies that occurred in Menifee and Perris over the past few months.

On December 12, detectives identified one of the suspects involved, Marcus Howard, 32 years of age of Perris. Howard was arrested for seven counts of home invasion. Further investigation identified a 17-year-old juvenile accomplice from Perris, who was arrested on December 22 and booked into Juvenile Hall for five counts of home invasion. Yesterday, December 29, a third suspect, Joseph Steidell, 19 years of Nuevo, was found, arrested, and booked for five counts of home invasion.

The crimes occurred from October 20th, 2011 to December 9th, 2011...

10/20/11 500 block of Cherry Vista Drive, Perris
10/28/11 27600 block of Camden Way, Menifee
10/30/11 30100 block of Calle Belcanto, Menifee
11/01/11 27000 block of Rancho Serena Street, Menifee
11/24/11 27000 block of Howard Street, Menifee
11/29/11 27400 block of Embassy Street, Menifee
12/09/11 26500 block of Chambers Avenue, Menifee

In six of the incidents, armed suspects wearing masks over their faces entered the residences, confronted the occupants, and demanded cash and jewelry. In five of the crimes, the suspects entered through an unlocked exterior door and, in one, the suspect broke a window to gain entry to the home. In one of the incidents, the suspects confronted the homeowner on the porch and attempted to enter the home, but the homeowner screamed and the suspects fled.

Detectives have worked on the case continuously over the last two months interviewing victims, canvassing neighborhoods, and following up on all tips and leads. All of the robberies were similar and appeared to be the work of the same suspects. The suspects were described as a male African-American, in his late 20's to early 30's, approximately 6' tall, armed with a handgun and a Hispanic or Asian male, in his early 20's, armed with a knife. The victims in each of theses crimes were senior citizens; none received any physical injury during the crimes.

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is encouraged to contact Detective John Powers at the Perris Sheriff Station, (951) 210-1000 or PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org. Citizens may also make anonymous reports to We-Tip by telephone at 800-78-CRIME or on the Internet at www.Wetip.com.

The Perris and Menifee Police Departments recommend citizens keep their exterior doors locked even while they are at home. Citizens should also be aware of their surroundings, report any suspicious activity, including any vehicles or persons, promptly to law enforcement.

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