Home invasion robbery foiled

A local woman was at home at half-past midnight on Nov. 10 when the back door of her residence reportedly burst open, and a man wearing a motorcycle helmet, a plaid shirt and jeans allegedly pointed something at her, ordering her to lie on the floor and be quiet.

She yelled to a family member inside the residence, who came out of a back room. The suspect then is reported to have fled out the back door, and the police were called..

Officers responded to the location and were able to locate evidence at the scene and the surrounding area, in the 400 block of North Sahara Drive.

During the investigation, officers located Ismael Octavio Quijano Jr., 18, who is suspected of the attempted robbery as well as several other burglaries in the area. The suspect was in possession of stolen property connected to one of the burglaries.

Quijano was arrested Nov. 11 and booked at the Kern County Jail. The recovered property was returned to the victim.

Quijano is being held at Lerdo in Bakersfield, in lieu of $55,000 bail. He has been charged with three felony counts of burglary in the first degree, one felony count of burglary in the second degree and possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor.

According to Ridgecrest Police Sgt. Ryan Marrone, so far no weapon has been found linked to the suspect, there was no evidence of violence and the suspect ran from the home invasion scene before anything happened. “There was no robbery spree,” said Marrone.

Quijano’s arraignment was set for Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the East Division Superior Court in Ridgecrest. As of press time, no results were available.

If you have any information regarding additional stolen property or you have been a victim of burglary, please call the Ridgecrest Police Department, 760-499-5100.

Story First Published: 2013-11-20