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Second Suspect Arrested in Elder Abuse Stunt

Brent Paul Longo, 31, a convicted felon, is in custody for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 24 residential burglary of a 97-year-old Murrieta woman.

A second suspect who is a convicted felon has been arrested in the burglary and elder abuse of a 97-year-old Murrieta woman.

Brent Paul Longo, 31, was arrested at about 5:23 p.m. Friday in Menifee after his accomplice, taken into custody earlier in the day, Murrieta police Sgt. Phil Gomez confirmed Monday.

"He was identified by the female suspect in our case," Gomez said, in an email to Patch.

Longo and Escarsega allegedly posed as caregivers Jan. 24 to enter the home of a 97-year-old Murrieta woman. Her credit cards, identification and a handgun were allegedly taken by the pair.

The handgun had not yet been recovered, police said. Read more about the alleged crime 

Gomez said Longo's arrest coincided with his arrest by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for crimes that he had allegedly been involved in in their jurisdiction.

"It was just a coincidence that we both wanted him the same day," Gomez said.

Longo was being held Monday at Southwest Detention Center on $95,000 bail, according to jail records. He was booked on suspicion of residential burglary, elder abuse, possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession and concealment of a firearm, records showed. He was due in court Thursday.

Escarsega was released Saturday from Robert Presley Detention Center on $25,000 bail, records showed, and was due in court April 6.

Mr. Obvious February 14, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Can't get much lower than robbing a 97 year old lady. Good job police.
Born & Raised Here February 14, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Sorry life sentence not good enough - Death Penalty !!! Only thing worse than child abuse is elder abuse !!!!!!!!!!!!
what do you think? February 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
this man is a loser! stole rental equipment from Sun City Hardware for drugs... "rented it" but never returned it. then gave all these sob stories when he was hunted down. now elder abuse... how low can he stoop???
Andy February 16, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Heres what I say the government needs to do instead of housing and feeding criminals and then turning them back into our communties...they need to make part of their parole: drug rehabiliation, if they didn't graduate they must get their GED, they all must learn a trade and take betterment classes otherwise you don't get released pal. He was a convicted felon and then released into our communtiy with no requirements from our government even though they are taking our money to build prisons, pay for staffing, pay for food, healthcare, clothing, etc. It's like hey you were locked up for years with other con men, druggies, felons etc learning their ways and now go be free into society...that's INSANITY. They need to do something about this because it's too many people being released with not knowing anything else but to do drugs, steal etc. Death penalty is for murderers & sex offenders, I'm all for them being removed from the gene pool BUT thieves and druggies need rehabilitation...counseling, mentoring, etc. Obviously through their adolescence no one was there to do that. Total shame. I'm heart broken for the old lady who worked so hard her entire life for her belongings. I hope that she gets all her items back and can sleep in peace at night knowing they are locked up.
BrendaBoo February 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The crimes of addicts are horrible....and they should pay/do the time for the crimes they are convicted of. The problem we have as a "Nation", "State", "County", "City", is to decide whether drug addicts belong in prison. As we continue to "not treat addiction" and place these offenders in state prison where they learn new "criminal skills" are inducted into the prison/state gang system (where there is no choice but to kill or be killed) and will ultimately re-offend on exit because they are given $200 and a hand shake when they are released, will continue to release unsupported addicts into society. The methamphetamine epidemic, (and we need to realize that it is a real "Epidemic") in this country has lead many people into behaviour they may not have done without addiction. I am not in any way excusing the conduct of those who have done horrible things, and I, as a victim of this activity, would like them put away, but i don't think so called "rehabilitation" in state prison is the answer.
Marie March 21, 2012 at 01:32 AM
My mother, who is 88, reported him because this douche bag did the same thing to her. They arrested him at the home of his live in girldfriend, who is the manager in charge of the Menifee Food Cupboard/Thrift store. You know....where ALL of the seniors go. I've hear from a detective that they are invetigating her too. I mean, come on, if there is stolen property in my hpuse, I'd know it. And if the man I live with is stealing, I'd know it. How can she NOT know it.
Brenda Leidenfrost June 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Why should anyone get the death penalty for robbery? That is just sick
Brenda Leidenfrost June 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Darlyn, You can call me . Or send an e-mail do not let these people get to you. They do not have the answers. They just have nothing better to do than stick their nose everywhere.

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