"Distressed" Woman Leads Way for Robbers to Access Canyon Lake Home, Tie Up Owner, Steal

Sheriff's officials say a woman who claimed to need help knocked on a Canyon Lake man's door-- leading the way for two men to barge inside and ransack the place.

The scene in Canyon Lake following a home invasion robbery on May 7, 2014.  Photo credit: Ruben Flores/Canyon Lake Watch
The scene in Canyon Lake following a home invasion robbery on May 7, 2014. Photo credit: Ruben Flores/Canyon Lake Watch

A car and household items were stolen and the homeowner tied up during a home invasion robbery in Canyon Lake, authorities said Thursday.

The victim, located in the 30000 block of Channel Way Drive, was confronted after being asked for assistance by a woman who knocked at his door around 12:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Riverside County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Gil Gonzalez said.

But that turned out to be a ruse.

"At that time two white male adults forced their way inside the residence, threatened the victim with weapons, and restrained the victim," Gonzalez said.

The residence was ransacked, with the suspects also taking the victim's 2012 Kia Soul compact, Gonzalez said.  

"A short time later the victim was able to free himself and contacted local police," the sergeant said.

Gonzalez said the suspects left in a blue compact vehicle and the victim's car.  The license plate for that 2012 Kia Sol is #6WSW075.

Anyone with information on the robbers was asked to contact the Riverside Sheriff's Department's Perris Station at (951) 210-1000.

Average American May 09, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Knocking on doors for no good reason can be hazardous to someones health, they just might knock on Mr. Mossbergs door if you know what I mean.
Steve M May 09, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Ok, that's a gun manufacturer, but you better control your emotions so you don't end up like Byron Smith.
Eric May 09, 2014 at 07:52 PM
@Steve, incorrect sir. The Byron Smith case was a given due to his sick double tap on two young teens who were trying to get away. His response was unnecessary and way overboard. If someone enters your home and won't back down or flee then they get whatever's coming to them - and you're free and clear within the letter of the law.
Steve M May 09, 2014 at 07:55 PM
No it's correct, he lost control of his emotions and it overruled his rational thinking.
Eric May 09, 2014 at 11:30 PM
I will refute you sir. I wouldn't say it was emotional. He was calm and collected. The jury saw it that way too hence the premeditated murder conviction.


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