MURRIETA – One of two people suspected of breaking into a home near Murrieta, tying up and pepper-spraying two women and making off with cash and valuables was behind bars today, while a second suspect remained at large.
Steven Ray Miler, 56, was booked on suspicion of home-invasion robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the 2:30 p.m. Wednesday robbery in the 39000 block of Hidden Trail Court near Auld Road, according sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin McDonald.
McDonald said a woman and her friend returned to her home and were confronted inside by two men wearing masks. Both women were pepper-sprayed and tied up, and one was struck with a pistol one of the men was carrying, he said.
After the intruders left, the women freed themselves and ran to a neighbor’s home for help. The neighbor had seen the intruders’ pickup leaving the area and relayed a description to a police dispatcher, McDonald said.
Deputies stopped the vehicle on Auld Road a few blocks away. Miler was in the vehicle, as well as evidence from the robbery, according to McDonald.
The woman who was struck with the pistol was hospitalized with minor injuries, McDonald said.
Investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to call the sheriff’s Southwest Station at (951) 696-3000.
Suspect arrested in Murrieta home invasion assault and robbery, one suspect still at large
MURRIETA – (SHERIFF PRESS RELEASE) On Wednesday, May 16, at about 2:29 P.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff Southwest Station responded to a private residence in the 39000 Block of Hidden Trail Court in the unincorporated area of Murrieta reference a home invasion robbery that had just occurred at that location. Their investigation revealed the following:
The female homeowner and a female friend of hers arrived home at the Hidden Trail Court location and went inside. They were immediately confronted inside of the residence by two masked men who were armed with pepper spray and a pistol. Both victims were pepper sprayed and tied up, and one of the victims was struck with the pistol.
The two suspects robbed the victims of an undisclosed amount of cash and other valuables and then fled from the residence. While the suspects were leaving, the two victims were able to free themselves and run to a neighbor’s residence for help. The neighbor was able to get a description of the suspect vehicle and relay that information to the police via 911.
The suspect vehicle was located driving on Auld Road and stopped in front of the Southwest Station. There was one suspect in the vehicle and he was taken into custody without incident. In addition, evidence from the robbery was recovered from the vehicle. The second suspect was not located and is outstanding.
The suspect who was arrested was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on home invasion robbery and assault with a deadly weapon charges.
The female who was struck with the pistol was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The investigation is continuing at this time.
Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Gorlicki at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Southwest Station at 951 696 3000.