California homeowner holds burglars at gunpoint

Author: CNN
Photo via KTLA

CHINO HILLS, Calif. (CNN) A California homeowner exercised his right to bear arms — and take pictures — after a group of people tried to break into his home.

Yan Zhang of Chino Hills was at home with his wife and children when five people tried to enter the house through a balcony in the back.

Zhang grabbed his gun, told his wife to hide the kids and then went to work.

“They were home and then several (suspects) kind of tried to pry the door open, tried to get in,” neighbor Tony Tran told CNN affiliate KTLA. “(Zhang) got a gun so he fired a warning shot and was able to apprehend them until the police showed up.”

Zhang held three of the suspects (two ran off) at gunpoint on pool deck. A neighbor called 911 and San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies came to the scene.

Photo via CNN

Zhang posted the pics to a Chinese social media site.

Two of the five suspects were able to flee, but neighbors assisted deputies in locating them, officials said.

Roberto Alonso Salmon, 18; Garret Rogers, 19; Ruben Medivil, 19; Joaquin Leonardo Salmon Garcia, 20; and a 17-year-old boy were all arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, KTLA reported.

The four adults were booked into West Valley Detention Center, and the juvenile was cited and released to his parents, deputies said.

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