HAYWARD -- The Alameda County coroner's office on Wednesday identified a suspect fatally shot during a failed Cherryland home invasion robbery as Michael Olachea, of Hayward.

Olachea, 25, was one of three armed suspects who reportedly forced their way into a home in the 21000 block of Western Boulevard on Sunday evening, demanding cash from a 23-year-old man who lived there, Sgt. Eric Melendez said.

During the holdup, the homeowner shot Olachea and a 26-year-old woman who is also a suspect in the crime, police said. Olachea died at the scene.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday showed his cause of death was the result of multiple gunshot wounds, an Alameda County coroner's office spokeswoman said.

On Wednesday police continued to hunt for the third suspect, a woman, who apparently escaped unharmed.

Officers responded at 5:28 p.m. to the home near Cherry Way for a report of a man who had been shot during an attempted home-invasion robbery. Inside the home they found Olachea suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was home with a friend when the trio forced their way inside with handguns and demanded money, police said.

A confrontation broke out and the victim, who also had a gun, was able to fire rounds that struck Olachea and one of the women, police said. Investigators have recovered at least one of the guns used in the home invasion.


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Both women ran from the home, but at 5:47 p.m., police dispatchers received a call from a hospital that a woman with a gunshot wound had been dropped off there.

Police believe the woman may have been involved in the robbery and are investigating.

The woman was hit by one bullet, which exited her body, Melendez said.

As of Wednesday she remained hospitalized in critical condition and had not been arrested.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 510-293-7034.

Police said Olachea was the brother of San Leandro resident Alex Michael Olachea, who was convicted in August 2012 of shooting two men within a week in 2011, including one whose charred body was found in a Cherryland apartment destroyed by fire.

Alex Michael Olachea was convicted of shooting and killing 32-year-old Ryan Casias shortly after 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2011, as the pair played dice at an apartment in the 21800 block of Princeton Street in an unincorporated area near Hayward.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.