1 Arrested, Additional Suspect ID’d in Violent Manhattan Beach Home-Invasion Robbery

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Rodolfo Sanchez, left, was arrested in connection with a November 2014 home-invasion robbery. Milton Terry Lavender, right, was being sought. Both photos were provided by Manhattan Beach police on May 13, 2015.

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A 28-year-old man has been arrested and a second man was identified as a suspect in a violent home-invasion robbery that terrorized a Manhattan Beach couple in November, police said Wednesday.

Rodolfo Sanchez was taken into custody in Hacienda Heights Tuesday and was being held on suspicion of robbery, burglary and false imprisonment, the Manhattan Beach Police Department announced.

Sanchez and another man being sought by police — Milton Terry Lavender, also 28 — were linked by biological evidence to the scene of a Nov. 25 home-invasion that occurred in the 100 block of Morningside Drive, police said.

After the robbery, the victim told KTLA four men were inside his home when he and his wife returned to the house — in a wealthy residential area of the beachside city — about 10 p.m. They tied the married couple up and beat the husband, who said he thought they were going to shoot him. They even threatened to kill his dogs, he said.

“They knew what they were doing,” said the male victim, who gave his name only as Fred. “They moved like they were pros. They knocked out the lights.”

During the two-hour ordeal, Fred was forced to open the couple’s three safes, he said. The men, who had broken in through a lower-level window, got away with cash and firearms, police said at the time.

In their news release Wednesday, police did not say if they were seeking two additional men. Search warrants were served in the case on Tuesday in Hacienda Heights and Los Angeles, the release stated.

Sanchez was being held on $2.175 million bail and was due to be arraigned Thursday in Torrance Superior Court, police said.

Anyone with information on Lavender’s whereabouts was asked to call Detective Michael Rosenberger at 310-802-5127 or a local law enforcement agency.

Lavender is also wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department for a home-invasion robbery in L.A., according to Manhattan Beach police.

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