Home invasion robbery suspects stopped near Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The California Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle in the north Mount Shasta area and took two suspects into custody following the report of a home invasion in Callahan Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2015.

Two suspects in a Callahan home invasion robbery were arrested Wednesday after being stopped on southbound Interstate 5 near Abrams Lake Road in north Mount Shasta.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported that the two men from Vallejo, Calif., were arrested for numerous felony charges, including burglary, armed robbery (home invasion), criminal conspiracy, auto theft, and other firearms-related charges.

Suspects Junior Telesforo Quintanilla, age 45, and Victor Lueras, 44, were booked at the Siskiyou County Jail and are being held on $500,000 bail.

The suspects allegedly entered a Callahan home Wednesday morning, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release, and they “confronted the residents, subdued and bound them and stole various valuables from the home, which included firearms and other property. The suspects then fled the scene.”

After a county-wide broadcast about the vehicle they were driving, a California Highway Patrol officer observed a vehicle matching the description, and CHP units initiated a felony traffic stop in the north Mount Shasta area, according to the release.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that the driver of the vehicle “initially failed to yield,” but “ultimately stopped and two suspects were taken into custody. A preliminary investigation revealed that at least some of the stolen items taken during the home invasion robbery were in the suspect vehicle.”

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said it received a 9-1-1 call from the residents of a Callahan home at approximately 8:32 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, “reporting that they were victims of a home invasion robbery by masked men armed with firearms.”

“We are fortunate that these suspects were captured and taken into custody without incident, especially considering they were armed when apprehended,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. “We are also very grateful that the victims are alive and appear to be doing well at this time. Several state and local agencies worked together to help identify and apprehend the suspects in support of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, including Etna Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. The apprehension of these dangerous suspects was truly a successful ‘team effort.’ We still have a lot of work to do to investigate this case and anyone with information about this home invasion robbery or the suspects involved in this case are urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour dispatch number, at (530) 841-2900.”