Five held after home invasion and shootout with police in Grecia

Armed men invaded a home in Puente Piedra de Grecia Saturday night, tied up the family they found there and ransacked the place.

Fuerza Pública officers received a tip and showed up when the intruders still were in the residence, officers said. What followed was a shootout, a search and finally three arrests early Sunday morning of five suspects.

One police officer suffered a bullet wound to his right arm. He was due to undergo surgery at Hospital San Juan de Dios.

One of the suspects is from Purral de Goicoechea, but the remaining four are from Grecia. One of the suspects has other cases of aggravated robbery on his record, said police.

The invasion was at the home of a family with the last name of  Solórzano. There were three men and a woman in the home when the Saturday night invasion took place.

Also Saturday night, a 40-year-old man with the last name of Obando suffered a bullet wound to his left foot in Indiana 3, Siquirres. He is a fruit vendor who was selling his products to a family about 7 p.m. when masked bandits showed up.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the vendor entered the home to protect it and began a firefight. A man in the home suffered a superficial bullet wound, and the woman who had been buying fruit when bandits appeared suffered a fractured hip, said agents.

The crooks fled with 400,000 colons, agents reported. That is about $734.

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