SAN DIEGO – Four of the people arrested in the home invasion robbery series investigation were former students of Mira Mesa High School.
A half-dozen youths -- four of them documented gang members -- were in custody Thursday for allegedly carrying out a series of residential robberies during which some victims were tied up and threatened with guns in their northern San Diego residences.
Arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the four home-invasion crimes, one of which also involved a sex assault, were Stephen Ramon Gomez, 20, Victor Fransisco Harvey, 19, Aaron David Rico, 20, Robin Elizabeth Shawver, 20, Thomas James Smith, 24, and a 17-year-old whose name was withheld because he is a minor, according to San Diego police.
Students told FOX 5 they were not too surprised to learn of their arrests.
“I knew Stephen Gomez and Victor Harvey,” said Danica, junior at Mira Mesa high. She said they weren’t known to hang out with the best crowds. “Maybe people that are bad influences to each other, that type of crowd."
“Stephen Gomez was my friend’s ex-boyfriend,” said Isabelle Pedro, junior at Mira Mesa High. “I mean, he did things.”
Gomez also is accused of committing rape with a foreign object during one of the burglaries, San Diego police Capt. David Nieslit said.
Other students told FOX 5 they knew Rico and Jordan Wilson, who was initially questioned by police, but declined to make a comment about them.
Shawver recently made a plea for financial help when she created a GoFundMe page. She wrote she was a single mother of two and she had just gotten into a car accident. She said she owed the other driver $5000, even though it wasn’t her fault.
Shawver hoped to raise $5000, but no one gave her any money as of Thursday.
Gomez, Rico, Shawver and Smith were each booked on multiple robbery charges, according to jail records. Gomez, Rico and Shawver also face kidnapping charges; Gomez and Shawver a conspiracy charge; and Harvey a charge of receiving stolen property.
The arrests came a week after homes in the Sabre Springs and Carmel Mountain Ranch neighborhoods were looted with residents present. In each case, the perpetrators entered through unlocked doors.
While conducting searches as part of the investigation, detectives impounded two replica guns believed to have been used during the robberies, the captain said.
The adult suspects were scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon. It was not immediately clear when the minor would make his first court appearance in the case.
Police did not disclose how they identified the suspects and would not specify which of them allegedly have gang ties.