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Butte Co. deputies arrest suspects in deadly home invasion

Published On: Dec 11 2013 01:26:11 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 11 2013 01:26:44 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

Butte County deputies traveled to Sonoma County to arrest two men for a botched home invasion robbery that left their accomplice dead.

The shooting happened November 26 at 2 p.m. during a home invasion robbery at 6934 Upper Palermo Road in Palermo.  The homeowner shot one intruder, who later died.  The deceased man was identified as 24-year-old Hector Gabriel of Santa Rosa.

Several suspects left the area in a silver newer model Mercedes SUV.  The motive for the attempted robbery appeared to be marijuana related.

On Tuesday Butte County Sheriff's detectives, along with detectives from the Santa Rosa Police Department and Sebastopol Police Department served two search warrants and arrested two suspects.
The alleged accomplices who were arrested are 38-year-old Salvador Mendoza Jr. from Santa Rosa and 19-year-old Yonatan Tesfazghi from Sebastopol.

The two men were arrested and charged with murder.  Their bail was set at $1,000,000 each.

Under California law, the two suspects in this case have been charged with murder based on the illegal and dangerous act committed by them was such that it resulted in the death of their co-conspirator.  

The investigation is ongoing as detectives attempt to identify the remaining suspects.  The silver Mercedes SUV has been located by detectives.  

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Ryan Gsell at 530-538-7671.