HEMET: Home invasion victim hides in bathroom during robbery

Two men were arrested today for allegedly breaking into a Hemet home while the resident was present, prompting him to hide in a bathroom until police arrived.

Kenneth Kevon Robinson, 18, of San Bernardino and Francisco Palomera Montes, 19, of Rialto were arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where each is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

According to Hemet police Cpl. Michael Hall, officers were called to the 900 block of Dandelion Way about 6:30 a.m. following a 911 call reporting a burglary in progress.

The victim, whose identity was not released, told dispatchers he had barricaded himself in his bathroom to hide from two suspects who forced their way into his home, Hall said.

Officers arrived moments later and spotted the men fleeing the property.

“The subjects ran through multiple backyards and jumped over several fences. However, they were located after several citizens pointed out their last known direction of travel,” Hall said.

The pair were taken into custody without further incident, Hall said.

The victim was not injured.

According to San Bernardino County Superior Court records, Montes has a prior misdemeanor conviction for receiving stolen property. He also has pending cases for alleged reckless driving and driving under the influence.

Court records showed no priors for Robinson.

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