NOVATO (KRON) - Police are searching for five suspects Monday after a series of armed home invasion robberies in Petaluma that led to a pursuit to a neighborhood in Novato.
Sonoma County deputies say this all started around 3:00 a.m. when they were called to the 100 block on Eugenia Dr. in Petaluma for multiple reports of armed home invasion robberies.
Novato Police Department first reported police activity in the area of Fireman's Fund at 777 San Marin Dr. around 5:45 a.m.
At 7:20 a.m. police asked residents in the area of Wood Hollow Dr. to shelter in place until further notice because the suspects are considered "armed and dangerous."
An estimated nine suspects went to three different homes in the 100 and 200 blocks of Eugenia, kicking in doors and confronting the homeowners, deputies said.
They were allegedly armed and looking for marijuana.
"At least one homeowner was tied up and reportedly pistol-whipped," deputies said.
Petaluma police tried to pull over two cars leaving the area, and ended up chasing the vehicles into Novato.
One of the cars, a white rental minivan, stopped on SB 101 just before the San Marin exit.
Deputies say five African American men fled from the minivan and ran west.
Officers set up a perimeter and SWAT teams are searching the area for those suspects.
One of them was caught within that area. The other five remain at large.
"Multiple firearms were located in and around the minivan," deputies said.
The second car was found in the Novato Costco parking lot.
Police lifted the shelter in place at around 12:45 p.m.
There are still five outstanding suspects, but police believe they are no longer in the area.
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