Murrieta woman endures home invasion within hours of residential burglary

MURRIETA – Murrieta Police officers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly first burglarized a home in the 23000 block of Via Madrid and then later returned to the residence and committed a home invasion robbery, according to Murrieta Police Lieutenant Tony Conrad.

During the home invasion, the suspect – who was described as a thin build, 20-30-year-old, White or Hispanic male, 5’-10”-6’0”, with short brown hair and no facial hair, wearing a button up blue or gray long sleeve shirt – allegedly held a female victim at gunpoint while looking for something he believed he had left at the residence during the initial burglary. Both incidents reportedly occurred May 24.

Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:50 p.m., one or more unknown suspect(s) committed a burglary at the residence. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to the victim arriving home and calling 911 to report the burglary.

Murrieta Police responded to the home and collected evidence and documented the crime scene. At the conclusion of their initial investigation into the reported burglary, officers left the residence.

At about 2:35 p.m., City of Murrieta emergency communications dispatchers received another 911 call from the same residence reporting that a home invasion robbery – possibly involving one of the same suspects from the earlier reported burglary – had just occurred.

The victim told investigating officers that shortly after officers concluded the initial burglary investigation, the lone suspect entered her home. The unidentified man pointed a handgun at the victim and had her lay down on the ground. Based on the victim’s description of the gun the suspect used, officers have described the weapon as possibly a semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect told the victim he left something at the residence during the earlier burglary and questioned her about the forgotten item. The suspect searched the residence and fled the scene in a dark blue, four-door, newer sedan with dark tinted windows,

Officials have not described the item the suspect had returned for.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Therien at (951) 461-6346 or at [email protected] Callers can refer to incident file number 1605M-5717 and can remain anonymous.

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