Suspect in 2018 home invasion in Lake Elsinore apprehended

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LAKE ELSINORE – A man wanted for a suspected home invasion in 2018 was located at a Lakeland Village home and apprehended by a sheriff’s department SWAT unit, deputies said today.

The suspect, Sean Cendro, 36, was located at a home in the 33000 block of Churchill Street, and a SWAT unit served a search warrant at the home on March 26, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Ricken said.

He was suspected along with Brian Schweitzer, 40, in an incident that was first reported as an assault with a deadly weapon and possible home invasion on Nov. 5, 2018, in the 100 block of S. Lowell St in Lake Elsinore, Ricken said. When deputies responded to the 2018 incident, they learned two armed suspects tried to enter the home, and when the resident confronted the suspects, the suspects allegedly assaulted him and left the scene.

Cendro was later located at a residence in the 33000 block of Churchill Street in Lakeland Village. A search warrant was authored and served by the Riverside County Sheriff Department SWAT unit on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Cendro surrendered without incident.

On Monday, November 5, 2018, Lake Elsinore Station deputies responded to the 100 block of S. Lowell Street in the city of Lake Elsinore in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon and possible home invasion. Upon arrival, deputies learned two armed suspects attempted to enter a residence. When the resident confronted the suspects, he was physically assaulted, after which the suspects fled the scene.

Schweitzer and Cendro were later identified as the suspects.

The Inland Regional Apprehension Team located Schweitzer in Temecula on Oct. 11, 2019, where he was arrested without incident.

Cendro surrendered to the SWAT unit on March 26 without incident. He was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley and on Wednesday remained in custody in lieu of $300,000 bail. His arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Schweitzer has remained jailed at the same facility ever since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail. His next court date is scheduled for May 21.

The investigation into the 2018 home invasion is ongoing, and anyone with additional information was asked to contact detectives at 951-245-3300.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.