Menlo Park: Suspects charged in home invasion, attempted murder of police officers

Alameda County to prosecute case that started in Fremont and ended in Menlo Park

Two suspects in custody for a violent Fremont home invasion that led to a police pursuit into Menlo Park, complete with shots fired at officers, will be prosecuted by Alameda County, according to the District Attorney's Office. A third suspect remains at large.

Haloti Lauese, 22, of East Palo Alto, and 21-year-old Derrick Fracure -- also known as Shawn Oceola Thomas -- of Sunnyvale, were arrested after the April 29 pursuit. Investigators are still looking for 18-year-old Demetrius Crayton Jr., also known as "'Lil meme' or 'MeMe'."

Court records filed by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office stated that the three men went to an apartment in Fremont shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. Reportedly armed with semiautomatic guns, they confronted three people inside, ransacked the residence, and pistol-whipped a victim when he pleaded to keep his cellphone, police said. The victims told investigators that they didn't know the suspects.

A witness called police with the license plate number after watching the men run out of the apartment and into a green 1997 Honda Civic. A Fremont detective in an unmarked vehicle spotted the car as it drove toward the Dumbarton Bridge and followed, eventually joined by a patrol car carrying two Newark officers.

With the police behind them running emergency lights and sirens, the suspects drove across the bridge, then turned into a business park in the 1300 block of Willow Road in Menlo Park around 5:28 p.m.

The trio ditched the car, with Mr. Lauese allegedly firing four shots with a .45-caliber gun at the Newark patrol car, hitting the driver's side door. He ran and then stopped again to shoot three times at the Fremont detective's car, police said. None of the officers was hit.

Mr. Lauese threw the gun away before clambering over an ivy-covered fence. Officers found him hiding "in a brush area" at 1135 O'Brien St., according to court records.

Mr. Fracure was caught inside a Jack in the Box restaurant, carrying a cellphone that showed repeated calls from a "MiMi." GPS data led police to an East Palo Alto home on Tulane Avenue that belonged to a relative of Mr. Crayton, the same location a canine unit had tracked to, but the suspect evaded the search.

A search of the Honda turned up two additional guns, police said.

Mr. Lauese reportedly confessed to the crimes and said he had accidentally fired the gun while running from the site of the home invasion; a matching bullet casing was in his pocket, police said. He is charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of robbery during a home invasion, one count of attempted robbery and two counts of using a gun while committing a felony, according to the court records. No prior convictions were listed.

Mr. Fracure, who denied participating in any of the events, and Mr. Crayton face the same charges with the exception of attempted murder. There's no indication in the court records that either man fired a gun during the incident.

Mr. Fracure was convicted of burglary in Santa Clara County in January 2015. Mr. Crayton was convicted of carrying a loaded gun in San Mateo County in November 2014.

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