June 1, 2014
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has two men behind bars who allegedly robbed a 100-year-old veteran at his home over Memorial Day weekend.
According to Sheriff Ken Furlong, 27-year-old Robert Michael Hernandez of Carson City and 25-year-old Jordan Randall Burkhart, of Wellington, were arrested Wednesday.
Sheriff Furlong says around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, deputies responded to a report of a home invasion and robbery at a home on Canvasback Drive. They say the victim, James Sorrentino, is a 100-year-old Army Air Corp and U.S. Air Force veteran. He was at home with a woman who is his in-residence care-giver when the robbery happened.
Authorities say the Hernandez and Burkhart forced their way into the home by kicking and prying at the door. Once inside, they say one of the men held a gun to the care-giver’s head, ransacked the house and fled. Fortunately neither victim was injured during the attack but authorities say the men stole about $30 in cash and other miscellaneous property.
On Wednesday, detectives arrested Burkhart for probation violation and were later able to obtain an arrest warrant for him and Hernandez related to the home invasion.
Officers with the Carson City Special Enforcement Team, had been searching for Hernandez in the Reno-Sparks area. They found him in his own vehicle around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday night. They say he tried to run through a residential area, but was later taken into custody by Sparks Police Officers.
Both men are charged with several robbery and gun related charges. Bail was set at $250,000 each.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2500.