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Wrong SCV house, wrong SCV hot tub

3 sentenced in Castaic burglary gone bad

Posted: May 28, 2014 7:29 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2014 7:29 p.m.

Three young people who chose the wrong Castaic house to burgle and then picked the wrong places to hide from pursuing sheriff’s deputies pleaded no contest this month to first-degree residential burglary.

Jumua Jaihad Zhaytoon, a 21-year-old Victorville woman, was sentenced to five years formal probation, 120 days in county jail and a six-year suspended state prison sentence in conjunction with the Castaic caper, District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Wednesday.

Rafiki Smith, 19, of Los Angeles and Kiyon Hodges, 24, of Inglewood each received prison sentences that were handed down in conjunction with residential burglaries in other Southern California communities, as well as the Santa Clarita Valley incident, Santiago said.

Smith received four years in state prison for the Castaic burglary and an Alhambra burglary; Hodges received six years and four months in prison for the Castaic incident and a Van Nuys home burglary, as well as a probation violation. Both now have two strikes on their records, Santiago said.

The trio was arrested June 24 last year after Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies received reports of a burglary under way at a home near Lupine Street and Star Canyon Place in Castaic.

The three attempted to flee the scene, reaching speeds up to 100 mph on southbound Interstate 5 before ditching their Nissan Altima and hoofing it into a Westridge neighborhood.

Deputies set up a perimeter and, within two hours, were holding the trio at gunpoint at a residence on Fairway Lane.

“We found two guys hiding under the cover of a hot tub and a female hiding in a trash can,” Lt. Tom Bryski reported.

The three, who entered their pleas May 22, are scheduled to appear in court June 19 for a restitution hearing, Santiago said.



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