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Men arrested in Healdsburg break-in


Published: Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7:42 a.m.
Three men were arrested after a home invasion robbery west of Healdsburg in which the intruders impersonated federal Drug Enforcement Agency authorities, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities said one of the robbers wore a DEA cap and another had on a police badge when the trio entered a West Dry Creek Road home shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, tied up the victim and threatened him by shooting off one of several handguns in their possession.

The threesome left after taking several pot plants, the victim’s wallet and two firearms, authorities said.

They had disabled the victim’s phone, but he was able to get free of his bindings and run to a neighbor’s home, where he used their phone to call authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies, armed with a vehicle description, spotted a car matching it about 15 minutes later on southbound Highway 101 at the Arata Lane off-ramp in Windsor about three miles, the sheriff’s department said. That’s about three miles south of the robbery scene.

A police badge, DEA hat, masks and marijuana residue were found inside with three suspects, though deputies did not find the victim’s missing property or marijuana plants, authorities said.

The three men inside were arrested for suspected robbery, kidnapping, assault with a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime, officials said.

They included two Sonoma men, Brian Montgomery, 50, and James Cooper, 37, and Paul Huych, 37, of Sacramento.

Huych and Montgomery also were booked into the Sonoma County Jail for suspected possession of a firearm by a felon and were to be held without bail because of state parole and federal probation holds, sheriff’s personnel said.

Montgomery was being held at the Sonoma County Jail in lieu of $140,000 bail, authorities said.