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Fresno Suspect Arrested in Armed Home Invasion, Earlier Burglary
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By Anthony W. Haddad
Published 4 weeks ago on
June 21, 2024

Armando Castro, 30, was arrested after a string of property crimes including a violent home invasion and an earlier burglary in Fresno County. Detectives recovered stolen items and seek public assistance in the investigation. (Fresno County SO)

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Armando Castro, 30, of Fresno was arrested following a home invasion robbery and burglary.

Castro, who has a history of criminal offenses, was taken into custody and booked into Fresno County Jail on charges that include burglary, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of stolen property, the sheriff’s office reported.

The investigation unfolded on June 7 when deputies responded to an alarm near west Adams and south Cherry Avenues, just south of Easton. Tools, electric bicycles, and various items were reported stolen. Through the investigation and evidence collection, detectives identified Castro as the primary suspect.

On Tuesday, June 18, a home invasion robbery occurred near east Springfield and south East Avenues. A gunman, later identified as Castro, forced a 75-year-old woman into a room, threatening her with violence if she attempted to leave. Castro gathered valuables from the residence before fleeing the scene. Fortunately, the woman escaped physical harm.

Armed with a gun, Armando Castro is alleged to have threatened to shoot a 75-year-old woman if she tried to leave her room during a home invasion. (Fresno County SO)

Detectives continued their probe and on Wednesday arrested Castro, who was found in possession of stolen items and a firearm. A subsequent search of Castro’s residence yielded additional stolen property linked to the burglary and the home invasion, the sheriff’s office said.

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Efforts are underway to return the recovered items to their owners. Authorities urge anyone with further information about Castro to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (559) 498-7867 or via www.valleycrimestoppers.org. Tips referencing case No. 24-6974 may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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