Friday, 29 September 2023

Deputies capture one break-in suspect, suspend search for second in HVL

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE – The Lake County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a break-in and assault on Noble Ranch Road.

Charles William Burk, 30, was arrested in Hidden Valley Lake just after 2 p.m. Thursday after he attempted to flee from deputies who had stopped him for questioning, reported Capt. James Bauman of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Burk, who has addresses in both Santa Rosa and Clearlake Oaks, is believed to have been one of two men who broke into a Noble Ranch Road home shortly before 7:30 a.m., where they allegedly assaulted two occupants of the home, according to Bauman.

Burk and his accomplice, who remains at large and who has not been identified, then fled in a white pickup which collided with a sheriff's patrol car, Bauman said. The two suspects then abandoned their vehicle on Spruce Grove Road South and fled on foot into Hidden Valley Lake.

Much of the day's search, according to Hidden Valley Lake and sheriff's officials, had focused on the Greenridge and Stonegate sections of the community.

Burk was located, said Bauman, while deputies were in the process of clearing some houses in the Greenridge area.

Bauman said two deputies began to question Burk, who took off on foot behind some nearby residences.

“They conducted a house-to-house search,” said Bauman.

Burk was found under an exterior deck of a home on Coyle Springs Road and arrested, Bauman said.

The sheriff's office has had some previous contact with Burk, but Bauman did not specify what those contacts may have been about.

Bauman said the sheriff's office was preparing to issue another Citywatch phone alert to community residents to let them know of Burk's capture.

There is currently not an active search under way for the second man, whom Burk has so far not provided information about, according to Bauman.

The Hidden Valley Lake community has been on alert since two residents of Park Point Court were robbed at gunpoint in their home on the night of Oct. 28, as Lake County News has reported.

The suspect in that robbery, a white male adult wearing a ski mask and dressed from head to toe in black, remains at large.

Is that robbery connected to the break-in and assault Thursday morning?

“We have no reason to believe that they are,” Bauman said.

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