Remaining Suspects in February Robbery Turn Themselves in to Police

Photo: From left, Chiew Chian Saeturn, Vern Sio Saelee and Vern Town Saelee.
From left, Chiew Chian Saeturn, Vern Sio Saelee and Vern Town Saelee.

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Correction Appended

The last three suspects wanted in connection with a February home invasion robbery in North Berkeley turned themselves in to police on Monday.

Vern Town Saelee, 21, Vern Sio Saelee, 18, and Chiew Chian Saeturn, 24, turned themselves in to Berkeley Police Department detectives in Fairfield, according to Berkeley police Officer Andrew Frankel.

"They were tired of running," Frankel said.

The suspects, along with five others who are already in custody, allegedly broke into a house on the 600 block of Santa Barbara Road on Feb. 24.

The suspects allegedly bound, pistol-whipped and carved on two residents using kitchen knives. Authorities said the suspects also allegedly sexually assaulted at least one victim, cut the phone line and stole the victims' credit cards.

On March 9, a patrol sergeant from the El Cerrito Police Department recognized a driver from a Berkeley Police Department flyer and stopped the car. Richmond resident Buk Khansuwong, 46, was arrested as a suspect in the case, Frankel said.

Last month police also arrested San Pablo resident Tien Vo, 29, Richmond resident Anthony Douglas, 18, and two 16-year-old males.

A warrant for the remaining three suspects, all residents of Fairfield, was issued to search the 5600 block of Alameda Street in El Cerrito. Frankel said the three men turned themselves in due to the constant pressure they received from police.

"The break in the case came when the El Cerrito Police made the stop on the first suspects," Frankel said. "Our guys have done a great job in pursuing them. They really did a great job."

The suspects are scheduled to appear in court on April 2.


Correction: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that a warrant was issued to search for the three suspects on the 600 block of Alameda Street. In fact, it was served on the 5600 block of the street.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Contact Christina Berke at [email protected]

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