Mountain View police and a regional law enforcement agency arrested three suspects on Wednesday in connection to an armed home-invasion robbery in Mountain View.
Two of the suspects, one man and one woman, allegedly forced their way into the home on Annie Laurie Street around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. The victim, a female resident, was home at the time and told police that the man hit her in the head with a gun during the robbery. The two suspects later forced her into a closet, police said.
The suspects stole several items from the home, and left before officers arrived, police said.
Officers and detectives from the Mountain View Police Department, working with the Santa Clara County Regional Auto Theft Task Force, later spotted a man and woman that matched the suspects' description walking in and out of stores in a San Jose shopping center located at Story and King roads. Both suspects, as well as a third passenger in the vehicle, were detained as they tried to leave, police said.
Detectives reported finding stolen items inside the vehicle that had been taken from the Mountain View home, as well as a loaded handgun, police said.
Police arrested the driver, 23-year-old Christian Salinas of East Palo Alto, as well as the two passengers, 21-year-old Giovanna Vargas of East Palo Alto and 22-year-old Nancy Alvarado of San Jose.
The three were arrested on several charges, including burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and violating probation. All three are being held in Santa Clara County Jail without bail.