On Saturday, Nov. 7, a Lake Elsinore home invasion turned deadly when one of the suspects was shot and killed by the homeowner of the residence in question.
At about 11:35 p.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Police Station were dispatched to the report of a home invasion robbery and shooting that had occurred on the 53000 block of Beales Street.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that during a home invasion robbery several suspects had gained entry or were trying to gain entry into the residence when the homeowner confronted the suspects with a gun, at which time a gun battle ensued. After the shooting, the suspects fled the scene.
During the course of their investigation, deputies located evidence suggesting one of the suspects had been struck by gunfire from the homeowner.
The deputies later learned one of the suspects, who had been injured during the shooting, was transported by two of the suspects to a Riverside area hospital. That suspect, who has not been identified pending notification his of next of kin, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
According to Sgt. Wallace Clear of the Riverside County Sheriff Department, the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation with assistance from Lake Elsinore Station investigators and deputies.
The subsequent investigation revealed the decedent and his two partners had targeted the residence on Beales Street for the robbery.
Two suspects, Jose Pacheco, 21, and Oscar Bustos, 21, both of Bakersfield were arrested in connection with the robbery the following day. A third man, Elisaldo Martinez, 45, of Lake Elsinore was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant.
All three suspects were transported to the Southwest Detention Center where they were booked. Pacheco was booked for 1st degree home invasion robbery. Bustos was booked for 1st degree home invasion robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. Both Pacheco and Bustos’ bail were set at $150,000.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Investigator Bishop of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777or Investigator Shell at the Lake Elsinore Station at (951) 245-3300. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.
Callers can refer to incident file number L153110085 and can remain anonymous.