Newbury Park, California

From the Ventura County Star of July 9, 2007

Burglary surprised by armed owner

A Newbury Park homeowner foiled a burglar’s plans early Monday morning when he greeted him with a gun, authorities said.

The confrontation occurred about 1 a.m. when the burglar stole a garage door opener from a car on the 200 block of Deerwalk Place and used it to get into a home’s garage, said Capt. Ross Bonfiglio of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

When the burglar walked into the carport, the homeowner was waiting for him with a firearm, Bonfiglio said.

The homeowner chased the burglar down the street and called police after the suspect escaped by climbing over a fence.

After searching the area, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Enrique Guzman Juarez, 20, of Newbury Park, Bonfiglio said.

Juarez was booked into Ventura County Jail, where he was being held this morning in lieu of $70,000 bail.

He is facing charges of vehicle burglary and residential burglary in connection with today’s incident, as well as a previous charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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