Victorville, California

From the San Bernadino County Sun of December 3, 2007

Home-invasion robbery suspect arrested

An Adelanto man has been arrested after an intruder broke into a home and narrowly escaped being shot by the homeowner Saturday.

Lawrence McGirt, 29, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of residential robbery, according to a sheriff’s news release.

About 1:45 a.m., deputies got a call about a robbery in the 15000 block of Barranca Way.

Some of the neighbors came to realize the suspect was a relative of theirs who had earlier been to their home demanding money, officials said.

Investigators say McGirt later walked across the street and kicked down the front door of a neighbor’s house. Upon hearing the ruckus, investigators said the homeowner grabbed his .38-caliber handgun and went into the hallway, where he saw McGirt getting up off the floor.

As McGirt stood up, he pulled something from his waistband and pointed it at the homeowner and instructed him to get down, officials said.

The man shot at the intruder four times but did not hit him, officials said. The owner ran from the house.

Investigators were able to track down McGirt at about 6 a.m. in 10900 block of Aztec Lane in Adelanto and arrested him. He was booked at the Victor Valley jail on suspicion of robbery with gang enhancements, as well as a parole-warrant hold with no bail.

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