WOODLAND — A Woodland homeowner heard a crooks breaking into his home and called 911, unsure if he should shoot or hide.

The incident happened in the 1600 block of Truckee Way at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

“I called 911 and got the dispatcher on and told her that somebody was trying to break into my house,” the homeowner who didn’t want to be identified, told CBS13 on Tuesday. “I was terrified. I told the 911 dispatcher that I’m afraid for my life.”

The homeowner says he was forced to defend himself and his home from four burglars.

Just days before he got information that several people had been casing his home. One of those suspects is a former roommate.

Monday night he heard a “really hard” knock at the door.

He didn’t answer but he got his gun. Two burglars broke in through a garage door, not knowing he was in the house.

“I told the 911 dispatcher ‘What do I do when they come into my house? Am I allowed to shoot them?’ They said, ‘No, you’re allowed to protect yourself.'”

Within seconds he was face to face with a man and woman.

“I told them to stop, to freeze.”

The man ran for it.

“The guy moved really fast.”

The woman didn’t quite make it out.

“Instinctively, I struck her to subdue her and chased after the guy out the door.”

He hit her in the head with the butt of his gun and chased her into the street.

When the homeowner came around the corner he had his gun drawn, but he noticed right across the street there were a bunch of Woodland police offiers there with their guns drawn. He decided to drop his.

All four suspect burglars were arrested. The woman, Angela Zuniga, 38, was stopped by the first officer on scene. Two other suspects, Arthur Tunstall 43, and Esteban Torres, were tracked down in a stolen vehicle, police said.

The fourth suspect, Jason Peck, 45, was later arrested at his residence.

The suspects were charged with vehicle theft, burglary and conspiracy and booked at the Yolo County Jail.

Zuniga was treated at UC Davis Medical Center for her head injury.

The homeowner is grateful no one got seriously hurt, although the woman arrested was carted away in an ambulance.

“I’m a very spiritual person and I felt that God was guiding me through this whole process,” he said.

Comments (18)
  1. rick hendricks says:

    Just glad no one got seriously hurt hopefully a good prison term will keep these people from hurting any other victims

  2. CPTSPD says:

    ” heard a crooks breaking into his home ”

    “was trying to break into my house,” the, who didn’t want to be identified, told CBS13 on Tuesday”

    Editor… Please…. At least 8th grade level?

    1. sally says:

      Blah Blah Blah get a life You must be 8th grade level

    2. John says:

      What do you mean 8th grade?!?! 8th graders write WAY BETTER than this!!

  3. Rusty says:

    I wrote better than this amateurish mess when I was in 4th grade.

  4. david says:

    no, the homeowner is not allowed to shoot them? they broke into the home, caused the homeowner to be terrified and fear for his life and dispatchers only tell him to protect himself? would think protecting yourself allows you to shoot them and hopefully dead. criminals do have more rights. all burglars and would be burglars can now burglarize anyone knowing that they cannot be shot unless they threaten the resident’s life.

  5. Ed Grohosky says:

    great catch for the home owner….but what an idiot !! you own a gun, and you have to ask if you can shoot ?? people like this need to have this question set in their mind before even picking up the gun !!

  6. Neighborsvoice_in_Idaho says:

    IT IS LEGAL TO SHOOT AND KILL SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME ” IF YOU FEEL YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER “…. Now running after them is something else. You cannot chase them and shoot…. but you can kick their @ss. But if in your home… you can always say what the cops say ….. ” I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING FOR A GUN (OR KNIFE) IN HIS WAISTBAND ” ………. ” I WAS AFRAID FOR MY LIFE ” ………… i t works.

    1. John says:

      Works for the cops…..not for you.

  7. wild bill hickup says:

    Somebody really needs to edit this stuff before they start drinking

  8. Tlor says:

    Dispatchers don’t like to use the words shoot a criminal when they are breaking into your home.
    They find it Politiclaly Incorrect, protecting yourself which could be an innocuous as raising your hand hoping the blow the criminal is going to hit you with isn’t deadly.
    There is world of differnece between California and the rest of the country.

    1. John says:

      Did you even read the article? The dispatcher told him NO when the homeowner asked if he could shoot the criminals!!!

      1. nothingchanges says:

        In Texas the homeowner could have blown them away and would have been back home eating dinner the same night.

  9. WaterWEaryRetiree says:

    Interesting writing style………..”the other two suspects…………..were tracked down in a stolen vehicle…” I always believed that the police were issued patrol cars for tracking down suspects……….the budget must be real thin if police are stealing cars for crime work…….

  10. John says:

    ‘No, you’re allowed to protect yourself.’”….What a friggin’ twisted advice!!! At least they should have told him that they cannot tell him what to do but that he can do whatever it takes to protect his life……THAT would have been a better response to his question…..That 911 worker must be a ultra-left-wing IDIOT & OUGHT TO BE FIRED! and ALL other need to get some GOOD, COMMON SENSE TRAINING!!

  11. nothingchanges says:

    A citizen exercising their 2nd amendment rights ! Love it !

  12. rmcsticks says:

    Shoot first and say your sorry later ! at least you will be alive to say sorry.

    1. nothingchanges says:

      rmcsticks, Absolutely ! It is better to be judged by 12 than carried by six 😉

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