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Tehama County Sheriff's Office identifies suspects in Corning home invasion robbery

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in Corning on Jan. 29, as well as two people killed in the incident.

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 12:22 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2019 12:45 PM

CORNING, Calif. -The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in Corning on Jan. 29, as well as two people killed in the incident. 

The sheriff's office identified the two suspects killed in the home invasion robbery as Daniel Hernandez, 23, and Adrian Gutierrez, 19, both of Madera. 

The identification stems from an incident that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when Tehama County sheriff's deputies found two people dead from gunshot wounds at the 3000 block of Highway 99 W in Corning. 

The two people were believed to be robbery suspects and deputies believed that the motive of the attempted robbery was to steal a large amount of marijuana at the property.

There were three people at the home at the time of the attempted robbery: Austreberto Rafael Santamaria, 23, Maria Isabel Santamaria, 44, and Enrique Santamaria, 48. 

Two of the robbers were holding down Austreberto's father, Enrique, so he shot both suspects in the head, which caused the other robbers to flee.

Initially, it was reported that Austreberto shot the robbery suspects with one of their own pistols, but deputies found that to be untrue. According to the news release, he lied about using his own gun because he was concerned his gun was not registered to him and he didn't want to get in trouble. 

Austreberto's mother, Maria, called 911 to report the shooting. However, Austreberto's father removed 63 pounds of processed marijuana from the residence and stashed it at a neighbor's house prior to the officer's arriving on the scene, according to investigators. Detectives located an additional 20  pounds of processed marijuana at the residence. 

Using surveillance video, investigators were able to track down the white dodge charger used in the robbery. This resulted in the arrest of Sergio Brandt-Cardenas, 32, and Michelle Vargas, 21, both of Melvindale, MI. They were tracked by investigators and found at a gas station in Elsinore, UT. 

Detectives also found that on the day of the robbery, Vargas rented a Penske box truck and drove it to Corning prior to the robbery. During questioning, they found that the purpose of the truck was to steal about 900 pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street value of $3 million. 

During interviews with those involved, investigators were also able to identify Jose Aniceto Cardenas-Manzo, 45, of Madera, as a participant in the robbery. 

Brandt-Cardenas, Vargas and Cardenas-Manzo were booked into Tehama County Jail on charges of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and attempted robbery. 

Detectives have also identified Luis Fernando Hernandez Rangel and Regulo Giron Morales as being directly involved in the planning and execution of the robbery. They are currently seeking warrants for their arrest. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Tehama County Sheriff's Office at (530) 529-7920. 

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