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Homeowners injured in pot robbery

by liz kellar
Staff Writer

Several Nevada County residents were seriously injured while trying to escape from a group of patch pirates Saturday night.

Nevada County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in the 23000 block of Perimeter Road at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday in response to a call of a possible robbery by suspects using a handgun and a fire extinguisher, according to dispatch reports.

The home invasion robbery of marijuana reportedly had occurred the night before, according to Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Jakobs.

The victims told deputies they had been attacked by several people. When they tried to make a getaway in their vehicle, they allegedly were chased down by the suspects and rammed off the roadway.

There were two victims at the scene, one of whom had facial lacerations and who was complaining of abdominal pain. He did not need medical attention, Jakobs said. According to the two men, a third passenger in their vehicle was more seriously injured, and they took him to a hospital in Sacramento.

It was not known why the victims did not call for help Saturday night; according to Jakobs, they called after they returned to the property on Perimeter Road on Sunday and found the suspects there.

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"We're not sure if (the suspects) were there the whole time, or if they came and went," Jakobs said.

There has been a language barrier with the victims, who are Vietnamese, Jakobs added.

Upon arrival at the victims' property, deputies located a vehicle in the driveway that had been reported stolen out of the Auburn area two nights prior. California Highway Patrol air support was called in to aid in a ground search for the suspects, who remained at large. Detectives and Narcotics Task Force officers were also called to examine the crime scene and investigate further.

"A rancher nearby reported that two men had been seen on his property, who then took off on foot," Jakobs said.

Deputies cordoned off the perimeter and eventually found a man identified as Jonathan Edward Matis, of Orangevale, hiding in a marshy area. Matis was complaining of a spinal injury, Jakobs said. He was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for injuries, but was subsequently released. He then was arrested by Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies for two outstanding felony warrants.

By nightfall, the second unidentified suspect remained at large and the search efforts were suspended.

Monday morning, following a citizen tip, Yuba County Sheriff's deputies detained a man in Placer County near Camp Far West Lake who is believed to have been involved. Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit interviewed the man and he was released pending further investigation.

The investigation is ongoing, Jakobs said.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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