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* Sheriff’s deputies tasered and tackled teenagers who attempted to break into a Castroville home

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Sheriff’s deputies tasered and tackled teenagers who attempted to break into a Castroville home Thursday morning, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to a house burglary in progress around 10:06 a.m. in the 10300 block of Pomber Street after neighbors had spotted three people with backpacks entering the backyard of a house, sheriff’s officials said.

A deputy at the scene watched as the trio attempted to enter the home. More deputies arrived and were able to create a perimeter. The three males were commanded to surrender. One complied, but the other two ran. One suspect was tackled and caught in the backyard while the other hopped several fences before he was confronted. He continued to disobey deputy commands and was tasered, officials said.

The three teens all from Castroville were identified as 18-year Juan Carlos Cruz and 15- and 14-year-old male juveniles. Cruz was booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of numerous felonies including attempted burglary, gang participation, conspiracy, and child endangerment. The boys were taken to Monterey County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted burglary, gang participation, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

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