Two Clovis men accused of breaking into a home late Tuesday and robbing the owner at gunpoint are now behind bars facing felony charges, according to Clovis Police.
According to court records, Leeroy Martinez and Marco Rivera, both 22, and another unidentified man forcefully entered the home of 62-year-old Raymond Villa at 715 Hondo Street about 11:45 p.m. Martinez and Rivera were captured minutes after fleeing the apartment, police said.
Police were still searching for the third suspect and possibly others involved in the home invasion and armed robbery.
Villa said he is a disabled veteran and recently recovered from pneumonia. He said he fell asleep at 11 p.m. and woke up to a gun.
“I was out. I woke up with an assault rifle in my face,” Villa said. “They wanted guns and money. I told them I didn’t have any money. They said, ‘let me see your hands; do not move your hands or I’ll shoot you.’”
During police questioning, Martinez admitted he used to live at the Hondo address with Villa, according to court records. Police also later identified an assault rifle allegedly used as one of the robbery weapons as a replica air-powered pellet rifle.
Villa said his sister knew a woman who once lived at 715 Hondo and that woman was in relationship with Martinez.
Police also later identified an assault rifle allegedly used as one of the robbery weapons as a replica air-powered pellet rifle.
According to records filed at Magistrate Court:
• Martinez told police he and Rivera “had gone to get some ‘bud’ weed” from a cousin living in “at the 2nd G’s,” a street reference to public housing near West Seventh Street and Martin Luther King Drive. The area is across a field from the victim’s home.
• Martinez, Rivera and another man wearing bandanas over their faces broke into Villa’s bedroom, pointed what appeared to be an assault rifle at his forehead, later touching the barrel of the weapon twice to his head and ordered him to the floor telling him not to look at them. One of the men was also armed with an aluminum bat.
• Villa said one of the suspects stole his gold watch and after some struggle, managed to pull a tight gold ring from his hand.
• The three suspects also fled Villa’s home with a 60 inch flatscreen TV, Villa’s leather jacket and a Japanese Katana or Samurai-style sword.
• Villa said the suspects ordered him not to move or call the police or they would return and kill him. Villa waited until hearing the robbers drive away, then called 911.
• Villa was not seriously harmed in the incident.
Villa said he later discovered the suspects kicked his door and took alcohol during the robbery.
Records show that a Clovis police officer responding to Villa’s 911 call spotted a maroon Nissan Maxima run a stop sign at Martin Luther King Drive and Cesar Chavez Street coming from an area about a half mile from the scene of the home invasion.
The officer followed the car to the 900 block of Cypress Street. Several subjects ran from the vehicle when it stopped. Martinez and Rivera were captured by police, who gave chase.
Both men were in Curry County jail facing felony armed robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy charges. A routine check by police also turned up an outstanding warrant against Rivera for assault on a police officer.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 769-1921 or Crime Stoppers at 763-7000.
Citizens may also use TipSoft to anonymously provide information. Text tips to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD.