Felony charges are expected to be filed Thursday against one of three men who allegedly forced their way into a La Cresta home the day after Christmas and attempted to rob the residents, culminating in a gunfight during which an assailant and victim were killed.
Dong Yang, 33, was arrested in Temple City last Saturday following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation that pointed to him as the alleged driver during and after the break-in.
Yang was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murietta on suspicion of first-degree robbery and home invasion. He’s being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
His alleged cohort, 34-year-old Michael Tong Shun Zhang, is charged with two counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder and burglary. He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is slated to be arraigned Feb. 18 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, Yang, Zhang and 38-year-old Wang Lin allegedly went to the residence in the 37000 block of Calle de Lobo, just west of Murrieta, about 9 a.m. on Dec. 26, intending to rob the occupants. But after gaining access to the property, the suspects were confronted by at least one victim armed with a handgun, he said.
Lin was killed during the brief gun battle that ensued, as was 45-year-old Alejandro Camacho of Bullhead City, Arizona, who was staying at the home, according to the sergeant.
Zhang was wounded, along with an occupant of the property. Both were taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar for treatment. Two additional men inside the house were not hurt.
Yang allegedly sped away before deputies reached the location. He was tracked down after evidence collected at the scene and elsewhere confirmed his alleged involvement, Ramirez said.
There was no word on why the home was targeted.
According to court records, Zhang has a prior felony conviction for burglary. The murder charges against him include the death of his alleged co-conspirator, Lin. Under California law, anytime an accomplice is killed in a crime, the surviving defendant can be held responsible for the death.
No details were available regarding Yang’s background.