by Anneli Rufus
Berkeley Police detectives made four arrests yesterday in connection with what Officer Andrew Frankel calls a "heinous home-invasion robbery" that occurred at a home on Berkeley's Santa Barbara Road on February 24.
The detectives "conducted early-morning search warrants at four separate locations in the cities of San Pablo and Richmond," reads a report just received from the BPD. "The detectives' target was a group of six suspects. ... During the crime, which occurred on the 600 block of Santa Barbara Road, the victims were bound, pistol-whipped, and carved on with kitchen knives."
One of the suspects is a woman.
"Information garnered during the early morning warrants led to the execution of a fifth warrant in the city of Fairfield by the Fairfield Police Department's SWAT Team yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m.," the report continues. "A break in the case came when a patrol sergeant from the El Cerrito Police Department stopped a car driven by one of the suspects. The sergeant recognized the car and driver from a 'wanted' flier his agency received from the BPD last week. The flier included photos of the suspects using stolen credit cards and a description of the vehicle."
The arrestees include 46-year-old Buk Khansuwong of Richmond, nineteen-year-old Tien Vo of San Pablo, and a sixteen-year-old Richmond boy. The fourth is not named or described in this report. Still wanted in connection with the case are 21-year-old Vern Town Saelee, eighteen-year-old Vern Sio Saelee, and eighteen-year-old Anthony Ray Douglas.