Police: Home Invasion Suspects Hit Wrong Apartment

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

A shocking twist to a crime that's already horrified people in Reno: police now say the two suspects who forced their way into an apartment on New Year's Day and terrorized all three people inside broke into the wrong home.

"They had the intent of committing a robbery and they went into the wrong place and picked on the uninvolved victims that were in the apartment," says Lt. Mohammad Rafaqat of the Reno Police Department.

It happened at the Grove Manor Apartments, on the 200-block of East Grove Street in Reno on Sunday. People heard screams around 7:30 am. Police say 23-year-old Andre Briscoe of Sacramento and 27-year-old Dominique Caesar, Jr. Busted open the locks of one of the apartments and forced their way in. They woke up the two women and one man inside and started beating them up. At one point, one of the women was able to run off.

"She was able to break free from the suspects and make it to the parking lot of the 7-11. Make a phone call to us," says Lt. Rafaqat.

Within minutes, officers showed up at the apartment. That's when they heard screaming.

"They saw a female run out of the bathroom that was unclothed," says Lt. Rafaqat. "And then they saw another male in the bathroom that was unclothed from the waist down."

Police say it was Dominque Caesar, Jr who had just raped a woman. Neighbors tell us he lives just blocks from the area. Exactly which apartment he and Andre Briscoe were trying to get into that morning is not known. It's also unclear to police what they were looking for. That's what's frightening to neighbors.

"It could have been anybody," says Dennis Wighgman, a neighbor. "lt could have been my house for all I know, you know. So that's the scary thing."

People who live in the area say they're glad the suspects are behind bars, but nothing can make up for what they did.

"For real, I mean, that's pretty low. And that's the worst," says Eric Winchester, a neighbor. "I mean, whatever they get, they deserve it pretty much."

Police say Andre Briscoe and Dominique Caesar, Jr were drunk during the incident. Both men face several charges, including sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery. They are being held at the Washoe County Jail with cash-only bail set at $70,000 apiece.

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