PIEDMONT -- Three men remain in custody after police said they have been identified as the suspects who carried out a home invasion on Arroyo Avenue in January 2013.

No one was hurt during the robbery, despite one suspect firing a gunshot into the house as the men were fleeing, police said.

Patrice Davis, 19, of Oakland, and Ryan Porter and Deante Harper, who are both 19 and from Stockton, are being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail. Each faces robbery, burglary and other felony charges in connection with the case, which was one of four home invasions in Piedmont that took place between December 2012 and January 2013.

Davis and Porter are set to appear for a pretrial hearing May 29 at Oakland's Wiley M. Manuel courthouse. It was not immediately available when Harper will next appear in court.

A fourth man who also took part in the robbery, Dewell Smith, 19, of Oakland, is now dead, police said.

Evidence recovered from the scene helped police identify the four men, according to investigators.

The Jan. 21, 2013, robbery on Arroyo Avenue near York Drive came just minutes after another home invasion in the 100 block of Estates Drive.

The suspects, who were wearing bandanas over their faces, forced their way into the Arroyo Avenue home at gunpoint, locked a male victim in the basement and forced a female victim into her bedroom, striking her several times as they demanded cash, jewelry and other valuables, police said.


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The male victim escaped the basement, however, and ran to a neighbor's house to call police.

As the suspects were fleeing, one fired a gunshot back into the home as a victim tried to follow him, police said. No one was injured by the gunfire, which passed through windows in the front and the back of the house.

The robbery and the other home invasions prompted residents to pack a town hall meeting several weeks later, when they voiced concern about crime and police Chief Rikki Goede outlined steps the department was taking to protect public safety, including pushing for more Neighborhood Watch groups and getting help from outside agencies.

Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.

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