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Police arrest suspect in deadly home invasion

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) -- A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a home invasion that left three people dead at a residence where pounds of marijuana were found, police said.

Steven Carter, 34, of Upland, was arrested before dawn and booked on suspicion of murder based on information received by investigators, Sgt. David McBride said.

Investigators believe that Carter and two others went to rob an Ontario home at about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

“Obviously, it went bad,” McBride said.

The robbers and a man living in a rear house on the property apparently got into a gunfight, he said.

Police were called by neighbors who reported hearing gunshots or fireworks.

The body of an apparent robber, a man in his 30s, was found in the driveway. His name was not immediately released.

Brandon Perez, 31, who lived in the home, was found dead inside, as was robbery suspect Albert Lamar Thomas, 25, of Ontario, McBride said.

A rifle and shotgun were found, but it was unclear whether they were used in the shootout, McBride said.

It was unclear why the robbers targeted the home, but officers found 10 to 20 pounds of marijuana along with growing equipment inside, McBride said.

The holdup didn't appear to be random but it was not immediately clear whether the robbers knew Perez personally, he added.

Carter was jailed and could not immediately be reached for comment.

McBride said he did not know whether Carter had obtained an attorney.

Ontario is about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

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