The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s District Attorney’s Office yesterday charged three men with multiple felonies for their alleged involvement in a violent home invasion robbery over the weekend that ended in dramatic fashion, after one of the victims jumped out of a second-story window and called the police.
According to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), officers were dispatched on a residential burglary call at 3:41AM on Saturday, November 26 on the 200 block of Del Amo Boulevard, just north of the Virginia Country Club. According to police, a neighbor tipped the LBPD off to suspicious activity in the neighborhood.
A preliminary investigation revealed that three people entered the home and demanded money. . Two of the victims were tied up, and a third victim was assaulted, before jumping out of a second-story window and calling the police. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the victim later to a local hospital with injuries that appeared to be non-life threatening.
Anticipating a potential hostage situation, the LBPD activated their S.W.A.T. Team. Officers surrounded the residence and arrested the suspects.
The suspects have been identified as Hollywood residents Dominick Williams, 23 and Brook Shaefron Auguste, 25, and Claremont resident Richard Aaron Copeland, 24. All three suspects were arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Long Beach Courthouse.
Williams and Copeland were each charged with three counts of home invasion robbery and three allegations of use of a deadly or dangerous weapon in the commission of a felony. Both are being held at the Los Angeles County Jail on $375,000 bail.
Shaefron Auguste was charged with three counts of home invasion robbery, three allegations of use of a deadly or dangerous weapon in the commission of a felony and an allegation of conviction of a serious felony. He is being held at Los Angeles County Jail on $1,350,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Robbery Detective D. Collier at (562) 570-5537. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.