Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a home invasion robbery in Rancho Cucamonga earlier this month, and they are still looking for suspects responsible for a second home invasion robbery in that city.
Dennis Charles Franks, 25, of Highland was arrested for allegedly being involved in a robbery which occurred on Oct. 14 in the 13000 block of Carnesi Drive, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
It was unknown if the previous robbery, which happened on Oct. 3 in the 6700 block of DiCarlo Place, was related to the Oct. 14 crime, authorities said.
Through investigative leads, detectives were able to identify Franks as a suspect. He is currently on formal felony probation out of Los Angeles County for being a felon in possession of a firearm. A no bail arrest warrant was obtained for Franks.
On Oct. 23, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division (SED) located Franks at his residence in Highland. As they attempted to contact Franks, he fled on foot and dropped a loaded handgun, the Sheriff's Department said. Franks was captured after a short foot pursuit and was taken into custody without incident.
Detectives from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded to the scene and executed a search warrant at Franks' residence, where they located property belonging to the victim, the Sheriff's Department said.
Detectives believe that Franks may be responsible for other robberies and are releasing his booking photo. Persons who have any information about criminal acts Franks may have committed are urged to contact detectives at the Rancho Cucamonga P.D.
The Oct. 14 robbery took place at about 7:07 p.m., when suspects approached the victim in the driveway of the home while armed with a handgun. The suspects forced the victim into the residence, where they stole numerous items.
Detectives are continuing the investigation from the Di Carlo Place robbery on Oct. 3. In that incident, several suspects approached the residence armed with a handgun. The suspects tied the residents up and stole numerous items from the residence.
"Detectives would like to remind the public to be extra vigilant, and very cautious around your residence; keeping all doors locked, etc. If you see a suspicious vehicle, you are urged to contact police immediately to report any suspicious activity," the Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
Persons who have any further information regarding this case are urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Detective Division at (909) 477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information at www.wetip.com.