Suspects Force Entry, Endanger Children

Alameda police arrested three people including two juveniles for allegedly breaking into a home Saturday, Sept. 8, according to the Alameda Police Department (APD).

According to APD Lt. Ted Horlbeck, Jobie Morton, 18, and his two male juvenile accomplices from Alameda allegedly used bodily force to enter a home without permission from residents on the 200 block of Stardust Place around 6:30 p.m.

One of the suspects allegedly told the six victims — one adult male and five females, four of them juveniles — that they were there to kill the adult male victim.

Before the suspects forced their way into the residence, one of the female victims noticed a car pull up and knew there was going to be a problem. Morton and the adult male victim had had a confrontation earlier in the day, according to Horlbeck. Police still do not know the extent of the confrontation.

The victims locked the front door and hid in a back bedroom. The suspects forcibly entered through the front door and found the victims in the bedroom. One of the female victims, a 13-year-old girl, jumped out of the second-story bedroom window.

The suspects then stole items from a purse and fled. The victim who jumped out of the window was taken to Alameda Hospital where doctors determined that she should stay overnight for further observation, according to APD.

The male victim gave APD a description of the intruders. APD was able to positively identify and arrest them using the description from the victim. APD is withholding the identities and address of the victims.

After the three were booked, the two minors were released to their parents' custody. Morton, however, was taken to Santa Rita Jail and processed at 12:08 a.m. Sunday.

Morton is being held on $160,000 bail with charges of residential robbery, child endangerment and making criminal threats with intent to terrorize.

His arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9.


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