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sheriffpatch[KHTS] – Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred Sunday night at a former town councilman’s house in the 28400 block of Sloan Canyon Road.

A man reportedly muscled his way into the home around 10:30 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Department arrest records.

Salvador Medrano, 21, of Elkhart, Indiana, was arrested on a robbery charge, according to Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Medrano reportedly knocked on the door late Sunday night, and when the homeowner answered, he was assaulted, according to the report

The homeowner, Jeff Preach, said his doorbell rang around 10:30 p.m., and when he answered his door  the suspect, Medrano, asked for $100 million, he said.

“I just laughed and said, ‘Buddy, you got the wrong house,’” said Preach, who served on the Castaic Area Town Council from 2006 to 2014.

Then things got hectic, he said.

Medrano allegedly became belligerent and threw at least four punches at Preach’s face, after pushing his way into the home. He landed several blows but failed to hurt Preach too badly, he said.

Preach, who described himself as a “big guy,” wrestled with the suspect and eventually managed to pin the man after summoning his “high school linebacker” strength, he said.

“I jammed him and I pinned him until we were forehead to forehead in between the sofa and the drywall,” Preach said.

After pinning Medrano, Preach, who had back surgery several weeks ago, yelled for his wife to call the Sheriff’s Station and get Preach’s shotgun. He was concerned the suspect might be able to grab a weapon with his free hand, he said.

After a struggle, the homeowner was able to detain the suspect at gunpoint with a shotgun, with help from his wife and his cousin, who was recovering from an even more recent back surgery, Preach said.

Medrano allegedly remained combative after deputies arrived on scene, he said. Deputies arrested Medrano for robbery and resisting arrest.

Medrano is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He’s due in court Tuesday, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.

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25 Comments

  1. A big thank you to that homeowner! I live in the area feel a lot safer with that burglar off the street!

  2. Well that explains all the ruckus last night! Glad they got that man…this is generally a very quiet place…

  3. Stacy Soto Stacy Soto says:

    Wow! That’s scary!

  4. Thank goodness they had a gun in the house!

  5. So was he caught Shawna Hamann-Suffredini?

  6. Why did he open the door without checking ?

  7. The home invader was arrested when he should have been shot and killed by the homeowner.

  8. Adam that was in Castaic

  9. This happened right behind my parents house. Crazy!

  10. Kitti St John, Jeff is my uncle and they live off a dirty road they always get people who have gotten lost because of no street lights, ran out of gas, or their car broke down. He never thought he was going to get attacked. Sloan is a pretty isolated street once you hit the dirt.

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