3 arrested in Duarte home-invasion robbery; police believe there could be more victims

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Three men are suspected of a violent home-invasion robbery in Duarte, which happened just two doors down from the mayor. (KABC)

Three men are suspected of a violent home-invasion robbery in Duarte, which happened just two doors down from the mayor.

Authorities showed off the men's mugshots Wednesday during a press conference.

"This is personal for me. This occurrence happened two doors down from me. It could have just as easily been my house," Mayor Margaret Finlay said.

The crime happened in March. Investigators said the suspects used a high-end luxury SUV to help them blend into the upper middle class neighborhoods they were targeting.

While the three suspects are in custody, deputies believe there may be more victims who have yet to come forward. Victims investigators are hoping more will speak out.

"In this case, or any other case, if we're not aware of the crime it's hard to be able to investigate and do anything with it," Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. "You give a free pass to someone if you don't report what they've done."

Authorities stress that residents need to be aware of anything suspicious, but admit they are investigating claims a 911 dispatcher ignored a caller about this very case.

While the department looks into that claim, they are also investigating a possible fourth suspect. In addition to the Duarte robberies, deputies said the suspects may also be connected to crimes across the county.
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