Intruder suspect shot early Tuesday in Newport Coast home invasion; second suspect reportedly takes own life

News quickly spread across Southern California on Tuesday morning (April 16) concerning an apparent home invasion robbery that took place in Newport Coast leaving one suspect shot multiple times and another found deceased outside.

Newport Beach Police received a 911 call at approximately 4:45 a.m. early Tuesday reporting a possible home invasion on Vista Luci, located in a gate-guarded community near Newport Coast Drive, just north of Pelican Hill Road North. The caller reported that one of the residents had shot a suspect inside the home.

The injured suspect and one other suspect then fled the residence.

Officers responded to the area and found a male armed with a handgun lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. That suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and subsequently arrested.

The second suspect was located in bushes nearby the victim’s home, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Arrested was Andrew Miguel Rosas, 24, from Pomona. He was booked on alleged charges of first-degree robbery of an inhabited dwelling, carrying a loaded firearm with a prior felony conviction and for a forced-entry residential burglary. Bail was set at $100,000.

The name of the deceased suspect has yet to be released.

All four people from inside the residence were safely evacuated and uninjured. They reportedly included a man, two women and one child.

Both directions of Newport Coast Drive between Pelican Hill Road N and Vista Ridge Road were closed until shortly after 12 p.m. for police activity. Vista Luci runs next to and parallel with Newport Coast Drive on the west side.

At a press conference later Tuesday morning, Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill was direct when discussing the outcome of the attempted home invasion. “I can tell you right now, if you come into Newport Beach to commit a crime, we will defend ourselves, and today is an example of that.”

An unsubstantiated report received by Stu News Newport suggested that the “shooter at the residence” may have been on site to offer the residence some sort of security measures.

A follow-up call was placed into the NBPD attempting to confirm that thinking, asking the PD either to confirm or deny that train of thought. A NBPD spokesperson responded, “I have no updates at this time. I am in regular contact with our detectives for any updates they can provide.”

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.


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