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Second home invasion suspect turns self in

Posted: Monday, Mar 4th, 2013

SANTA CRUZ — A man suspected in a brazen home invasion robbery on Feb. 22 turned himself into Santa Cruz Police Monday, the Santa Cruz Police Department announced.

Esteban Lopez, 22, turned himself in to the Santa Cruz Police Department at 7:15 a.m., police said.

He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail and charged with robbery, burglary and false imprisonment. He was in custody Monday on $250,000 bail, jail records showed.

Lopez was the second suspect arrested in the case.

Lopez, a documented gang member from the Beach Flats area of Santa Cruz, is suspected of breaking into a home on the 500 block of Poplar Avenue at 4:30 a.m. along with Cuactemoc Xilonzochilt-Zamora, 28, of Santa Cruz.

Police say the pair tried to tie up homeowner Yarry Gonzalez and his wife Cricket, while the couple’s two daughters, 8 and 12, were asleep in a separate room.

Police said Zamora and Lopez armed themselves with a sword and a screwdriver as they fought with the couple and tried to tie them up with duct tape and a computer cable.

The suspects also threatened to harm the couple’s daughters, police said. After a drawn out battle, Lopez fled the scene, while Gonzalez managed to capture Xilonzochilt-Zamora and pin him in a wrestling hold on the front lawn until a neighbor, armed with a baseball bat, and police arrived.

Lopez allegedly stole approximately $40, a laptop computer, a computer game system and pockets knives.

The homeowners suffered minor scratches and bruises.

Police found a wallet belonging to the victim in Xilonzochilt-Zamora’s pocket, Clark said. He was charged with robbery, false imprisonment, possession of methamphetamine, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Division at 420-5820, the anonymous tip line at 420-5995 or through the department’s mobile app. Tipsters may also leave an anonymous tip at www.santacruzpolice.com

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