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Man unhurt in attempted armed home invasion

CARLSBAD — A man in the 7500 block of Solano Street was the victim of an attempted armed home invasion July 22. 

Shortly after 11 p.m., a Carlsbad man, who wished to remain unnamed, awoke to the sound of his doorbell ringing and someone trying to open his door. He cracked the door. A Hispanic woman described as well groomed, who is estimated to be 32 to 36 years old, stood outside and asked to use the man’s phone. Then an armed gunman emerged and lunged toward the door. The gunman was dressed in a grey-hooded sweatshirt and matching sweatpants.

The man slammed his door and locked it before the gunman could reach him. The man called the police, and officers arrived a few minutes later. No one was injured, nothing was taken and no property was damaged.

A neighbor may have seen the gunman and woman, as well as several others, leaving the neighborhood in a black Cadillac Escalade.

No arrests have been made and there aren’t any suspects in the case, according to Jodee Sasway, Carlsbad Police Department’s public information officer. Carlsbad Police is currently investigating the incident, Sasway said.

Officers have stepped up patrols in the area, according to Sasway. She said officers increase patrols in an area in response to incidents, crime trends and requests from residents.

Those with information about the armed home invasion should call (760) 931-2100.

Sasway said she couldn’t recall any armed home invasions in Carlsbad in the last six months, which the crime analysis lab had yet to verify. According to Sasway, there has not been a spike in gun-related crime and residential burglaries in recent months.

Typical of the summer, there has been an increase in bike thefts and car break-ins during the last two months, Sasway said.

“Most of the time, Burglars are looking for a simple way to grab property without a hassle.”

In order to prevent car break-ins, Sasway advised residents to close and lock doors, windows and sunroofs and also to stow valuables out of sight and get a car alarm.

To stop home burglaries, the Carlsbad Police Department’s website recommends installing sensor lighting in and outside the home, putting together neighborhood programs, locking doors and windows and making it appear as though someone is always home.


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