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Three arrested in Newport Beach home-invasion robbery; two still at large

December 9, 2009 |  7:42 am

Three people have been arrested in a home-invasion robbery in a gated community in Newport Beach that lead to a SWAT standoff early this morning, authorities said. Two suspects are still at large.

At least four of the suspects, armed with handguns, forced their way into a home on Longboat street in the gated community of Pelican Ridge on Tuesday night, demanding jewelry and cash, said Newport Beach Police Lt. Craig Fox.

Fox said police were notified of the robbery about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, when someone called 911 from a cellphone in the backyard of the house. There were nine people inside the home, and three were struck in the head by the intruders, Fox said. Two were treated at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital.

At least one neighboring home was evacuated as SWAT team members searched for the two suspects who got away, Fox said.

"We quickly captured one in a nearby yard who possibly broke his ankle," Fox said.

Another man was apprehended as he was driving out of the area, and a third was found in a parked car.

Fox said the two at large are possibly armed with handguns. At least one weapon was recovered at the scene, Fox said.

Police also were concerned that one of the suspects might still be inside the house.

Fox said he heard numerous reports that Kobe Bryant has a home in the gated community, but he could not confirm that.

The gated neighborhood is about two miles inland in a part of Newport Beach known as Newport Coast.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

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