Fifth suspect in Washington Terrace home invasion arrested in Oklahoma

Tuesday , April 18, 2017 - 2:02 PM

MAKENZIE KOCH/Standard-Examiner Staff

WASHINGTON TERRACE — The fifth suspect in a Washington Terrace home invasion has been arrested, police say. 

The Weber County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Mario Serrano, 25, was arrested in Oklahoma. He was one of five suspects arrested in connection with a violent home invasion that occurred in March.

Serrano was charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; along with impersonating an officer and assault, Class A misdemeanors. 

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Officers responded to a reported burglary at about 2 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Lake Park Apartments at 4950 S. 350 East, Lt. Nate Hutchinson said in a news release.

Several men kicked in an apartment door, and witnesses said they could hear a woman screaming, Hutchinson said.

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Weber County deputies arrived at the apartment within two minutes and also heard the woman’s screams, he said. Deputies forced their way into the apartment, and found the victim and three suspects, according to Hutchinson.

The woman told police she was sleeping when her apartment was broken into. She told police that when she got up to investigate, the suspects grabbed her and said they were police officers, according to the release.

The victim said the men who broke into her apartment punched her, kicked her and demanded money, the release said.

The woman told police she doesn’t know the suspects. Investigators believe the men may have been looking for someone who used to live in the same apartment, according to the release.

Hutchinson said the woman had only minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the incident.

Police initially arrested three men in connection with the incident, but Tazio Rodriguez, 23, and Serrano escaped through an apartment window, Hutchinson said.

Travis Mixon, 20; Matthew Nevarez, 26; and Rodriguez were each booked into Weber County Jail on one count of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping; one count of first-degree felony aggravated burglary; one count of assault and one count of impersonating a police officer, Class A misdemeanors. 

James Mayberry, 24, was also booked into the jail on one count of aggravated burglary in connection with the home invasion, but is no longer in custody after paying $20,000 in bail, Hutchinson said.

Mixon and Nevarez are each being held in lieu of $45,000 in bail, according to court records, and Rodriguez is being held in lieu of $42,000 in bail.

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