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The Santa Cruz Police Department today issued an arrest warrant with a bail request of $250,000 for a 22-year-old suspected gang member in connection with a home invasion robbery early Wednesday morning. Santa Cruz police obtained the warrant for the arrest of Esteban Lopez, of Santa Cruz, on suspicion of robbery, false imprisonment, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said.
Lopez is the suspected accomplice of Cuactemoc Xilonzochilt-Zamora, 28, who was arrested in the attempted armed robbery of a home in the 500 block of Poplar Ave. during which a man and woman fought them off, Clark said. Police have confirmed that Lopez is a member of the “Beach Flats Sureno” street gang and he has not been seen at home, work or other places he frequents for the past two days, Clark said.
“He’s the one who got away that night,” Clark said. “We think he got wind that he was hot. We think he’s hiding out.” Lopez is described as a male Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds, Clark said. Santa Cruz police received a call at 4:25 a.m. about a home invasion robbery at the Poplar Avenue house and when they arrived, a man and a woman were holding Xilonzochilt-Zamora down in the front yard, Clark said.
Earlier, two male suspects, their faces covered and one armed with a screw driver and the other with a decorative sword taken from the home, entered the couple’s bedroom and demanded cash. The suspects tried and failed to bind the man and woman with old duct tape and then used an electrical cord. After learning there were children in the home, the suspects allegedly threatened them but soon the couple feed themselves from the cord and started fighting the suspects. One of the children called police during the prolonged fight and police said that the suspect Lopez ran away while the couple made a citizen’s arrest on Xilonzochilt-Zamora and held him until police came.
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