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Midnight home invasion nets two arrests

Sunnyside police officers raced to the 1000 block of Thornton Road shortly after midnight today (Wednesday) to deal with an armed man forcing himself into a residence.

When officers arrived they found Miguel Cisneros inside the home and Rito Reyes outside.

According to a press release issued by the Sunnyside Police Department, Cisneros entered the house of his ex-girlfriend armed with a shotgun, making threats and pointing the firearm at his ex-girlfriend and a five-year-old child lying in bed.

Reyes is believed to have entered the house at the same time as Cisneros and was reportedly armed with a beer bottle.

Both suspects were taken into custody and a loaded 12-gauge pump shotgun was recovered from inside the home.

Cisneros will be charged with two counts of assault in the second degree, burglary in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm, because he is a convicted felon.

Reyes will be charged with first degree burglary and second degree assault.

There were no injuries reported in this incident.

Police also released more information in a home invasion that happened this past Sunday.

The Sunnyside police are looking for 22-year-old Sunnyside resident Pablo Palencia, in connection with the home invasion. Already arrested and being investigated are Desiderio Palencia, 20, Gustavo Salgado, 20, Ramon Verduzco, 18, and two Sunnyside juveniles, ages 17.

Diana Carrasco, 18, was also arrested and charged with withholding knowledge of a violent offense and knowingly making a false statement, or misleading statement, to a public servant.

The arrests stem from an incident Sunday morning when three suspects entered a residence in the 300 block of State Route 241, armed with a rifle and knives. Occupants of the residence were searched and items taken from their persons. The suspects then left and a man that was stabbed at the time, ran to Wal-Mart where police were called.

When police went to the house on SR 241, they found one victim with head wounds, approximately 50 pounds of marijuana, and several firearms, including three assault rifles.

Gustavo Salgado, 29, was identified as being responsible for the house.

Desiderio Palencia is being charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a firearm, first degree robbery, first degree assault and theft of a firearm.

Verduzco is being charged with possession of marijuana under 40 grams.

The 20-year-old Salgado is being charged with four counts of alien in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute.

One juvenile male is being charged with first degree robbery, first degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and theft of a firearm. The other juvenile is being charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver (marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Pablo Palencia is currently at large and wanted by the Sunnyside Police Department. He is considered armed and dangerous.

In other police news, the Sunnyside department investigated two thefts since Tuesday.

A black 2000 Ford Expedition was reported stolen from the 400 block of Maple Drive at 4:31 a.m. Wednesday (today).

Also, police were called to JC Penneys at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Store security had one shoplifter in custody.

Police also dealt with five animal complaints, one report of forgery, one report of fraud, two juvenile problems, one report of lost property, one report of loud music, four suspicious people or situations and three traffic violations.

Police also served four arrest warrants, three court orders, assisted two agencies and one citizen, recovered one stolen vehicle, took a report of found property and fielded six informational calls.

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