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Santa Ana home-invasion robbery suspect stabbed by victim

October 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A robbery suspect was stabbed by a resident during a home invasion in Santa Ana Tuesday afternoon.

According to Santa Ana Police, two men entered a house on the 400 block of Parton St. in Santa Ana at about 2:40 p.m. Three adults were at the house.

The two suspects demanded to know where there was gold in the house, then demanded jewelry from the victims.

One of the victims was then able to conceal a knife.

One of the suspects, who was carrying a gun, tripped inside the house and accidentally fired the gun.

When the gun-carrying suspect turned away, the knife-wielding victim stabbed the suspect in the back. A struggle ensued and the victim was able to recover the gun.

"As he's there in the living room by himself, he turns his back to one of the victims, the victim with the knife. The victim takes that opportunity to stab the suspect in the back," said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. "This knocks the gun to the ground. There's a fight over the gun. The victim wins. The victim grabs the gun and continues to fight with the suspect. The suspect is struck several times with his own weapon."

The suspects then fled with stolen property in a vehicle.

Police located the suspects at Main and Camille streets and pulled them over. They found the two suspects, one suffering from a stab wound. The stabbed suspect is reportedly a juvenile. He was hospitalized in serious condition with a stab wound in the back and lacerations to the face.

The second suspect was identified as 21-year-old Daniel Fernandez. He was arrested and booked at Santa Ana Jail.

The robbery victims were not injured.

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