Fake cops behind real bars after home invasion attempt

ELK GROVE — Three fake cops were put behind real bars Friday after donning police uniforms and invading an Elk Grove family’s home.

Just before 1 a.m. March 19, Elk Grove police responded to a home invasion robbery in progress at a residence on the 4800 block of Roselin Way. By the time officers arrived, two suspects had already fled the area in the victims’ truck and investigators began piecing together the elaborate costume ruse.

Dressed in law enforcement-style clothing, the two suspects bullied their way through the front door. At gunpoint, the suspects handcuffed the residents and ransacked the house searching for valuables. After 20 minutes, the suspects left the home in the family’s truck. Although traumatized by the ordeal, the family was not injured.

Working throughout the night and the following day, detectives re-interviewed family members and neighbors alike. Following up on every possible lead, detectives first contacted and later arrested local parolee Richford Caguiat, 26.

Detectives obtained search warrants on two homes — one on Moonlight Way and the other on Travo Way.

As detectives and SWAT officers prepared to execute the search warrants, the suspects believed to be involved in the robbery attempted to drive out of the area. Traffic stops were conducted and the two suspects —

and Richard Douglas, both 25 year-old males from Elk Grove — were arrested without incident.

A search of the suspects’ residences revealed numerous firearms, ballistic vests, handheld radios, handcuffs, a “US Marshall” hat and property belonging to the victims.

Caguiat, Pascua and Douglas were booked into Sacramento County Jail and face charges of first-degree robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, impersonating a peace officer and conspiracy.


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