IMPERIAL BEACH (CNS) - Two women and two teenagers were in custody Thursday in connection with a home invasion robbery in which an Imperial Beach woman was punched in the face and covered with a blanket as thieves ransacked her apartment, authorities said.
The two 17-year-old suspects were taken into custody on Walpen Drive in the Nestor area of San Diego on Wednesday, along with 20-year-old Nicole Gracia and Jessica Boyles, 26, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Ted Greenawald.
They were arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery that took place in the 700 block of Calla Avenue in Imperial Beach earlier the same day, the sergeant said in a statement.
Around 7:30 a.m., a woman answered a knock on her apartment door and was met by a group of people, including a male who punched the woman in the face, Greenawald said.
The robbers allegedly forced their way into the apartment, covering the woman's head with a blanket and forcing her from room to room while demanding to know where her valuables were. They eventually fled with electronic equipment, clothing, jewelry and small furnishings, according to Greenawald.
The woman, who did not know anyone in the group, gave deputies descriptions of the thieves and two getaway vehicles, including license plate numbers. Deputies later found the vehicles were both registered to addresses in the Nestor area of San Diego and went to investigate.
According to Greenawald, deputies arrived on Walpen Drive and spotted one of the suspect vehicles with three occupants outside a residence. A male suspect inside the vehicle bailed on foot and got away despite a short foot pursuit, but Gracia and Boyles were arrested, he said.
Inside the residence, deputies found the two teenagers -- their names and genders were not disclosed-- and most of the victim's property, Greenawald said.
The women were booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility, while the teens were taken to Juvenile Hall, Greenawald said. The women each face a variety of felony charges, including kidnapping, burglary and false imprisonment, according to jail records.
It was not immediately clear what charges the juveniles face.
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