Police deploy Taser when burglars try to rob San Marcos church

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - A 26-year-old man and his 18-year-old nephew were arrested with force outside a San Marcos church early Monday after they allegedly burglarized the house of worship, authorities said.

A caretaker for the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Church at 256 Smilax Road observed the burglary in progress and called 911 at around 12:30 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Jason Vickery.

10News learned the worker was able to give dispatchers a play-by-play of what was going on inside as deputies took their positions outside. They said they were ready when the suspects bailed out the back door, but tension quickly grew.

In video shot by 10News, the deputies' commands are heard before they are seen. The deputies repeatedly yelled for the suspects to give them their hands and turn over.

In the footage, 18-year-old Luis Arango appeared to have given up, but the struggle continued and escalated with his uncle, 26-year-old Daniel Arango, about 30 feet away in the church parking lot.

As the incident unfolds, it appears as though five deputies surrounded one of the suspects as a deputy hit him; another kneed him and a third used a Taser on him two or three times.

Family members said committing a crime is not part of Luis Arango's character, so it came as a shock. They saw the video of his takedown and were also surprised by the level of force deputies used.

10News circled back with the sheriff's department and they pulled the reports. They said one of the suspects was actively resisting arrest, pulling away, pushing up and reaching for his waistband, and they may have thought he was reaching for a gun.
A church employee told 10News money and audio-visual equipment were stolen.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and resisting arrest, Vickery said.

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