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Detectives arrest two additional suspects in Isla Vista home robbery

Gavin Rapin, 18 of San Francisco
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Gavin Rapin, 18 of San Francisco

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives arrested two additional suspects from a November home robbery in Isla Vista.

Detectives arrested Gavin Rapin, 18, of San Francisco on allegations of residential burglary, false imprisonment, robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime and kidnap for the purpose of robbery.

Gavin Rapin, 18, of San Francisco. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)

Detectives also arrested a second suspect but their identity was not released by officials due to his status as a minor.

The juvenile suspect was booked at the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall for residential burglary, false imprisonment, robbery, criminal threats and conspiracy to commit a crime.

In their investigation, detectives identified these two suspects who held the victims at gunpoint during the home invasion on November 18 at an apartment on the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde.

Deputies arrived and contacted two victims who said they had been robbed at gunpoint inside their residence by three suspects.

They described the suspects as a white male wearing all black clothing with a ski mask, armed with a handgun; a white male adult wearing a camouflage jacket, armed with a handgun and a black male adult wearing all black that was unarmed.

The suspects were associated with a newer model BMW 3 Series that had a six in the license plate sequence.

One victim had minor injuries that did not require immediate medical attention. The other victim was uninjured.

The suspects stole two laptops, a cell phone, a wallet and unknown amount of marijuana.

21-year-old Heyaw Meteke was arrested for robbery and false imprisonment on November 23. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)

On November 23, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said 21-year-old Heyaw Meteke of Isla Vista was arrested for robbery and false imprisonment. Another Isla Vista resident, 21-year-old Jawad Hebbar, was arrested for accessory.

Both suspects were arrested late afternoon on November 23 and are being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail.

21-year-old Jawad Hebbar was arrested for accessory on November 23. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)

On Friday, sheriff's detectives authored arrest warrants and three search warrants that were served in San Francisco with the assistance of the San Francisco Police Department.

The search warrants were served at the homes of each of the suspects and at the home of the registered owner of the vehicle that was used to flee the area after the robbery.

Rapin and the juvenile were later brought into custody.

The owner of the vehicle was not arrested.

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