A Valencia man faces charges of trespassing and vandalism stemming from an incident that occurred on September 4th. The suspect, C. Keoshian, of Valencia, was arrested after deputies responded to a call in Canyon Country reporting a home invasion and shots fired.
According to reports, the suspect made his way into the home and continued on to enter the room where the victim was. The intruder was unarmed, but the victim wasn’t. Once the suspect realized the victim was armed, he turned around to leave and was followed by the victim who fired warning shots to expedite the suspect’s egress.
Deputies arrived to find the suspect lying on the victim’s lawn. When questioned by deputies, the suspect refused to give his occupation. Apparently, he had some college education from College of the Canyons and played football in the Arena Football League. He was taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station and charged with felony burglary and one count of misdemeanor aggravated trespassing and released on $50,000 bail.
California Penal Code 602 covers misdemeanor aggravated trespassing and is described as trespassing with the intent to harm someone physically. It is punishable by up to 3 years in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Burglary is covered under California Penal Code 459 PC and is described as entering any building (whether a residence, residential building, or commercial building) with the intent to commit a felony once inside. The crime is divided into two parts: first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary. First-degree burglary is charged with the building that was entered was a residence, while second-degree burglary concerns commercial structures.
First-degree burglary is always a felony and the potential penalties include a prison sentence of 16 months to 3 years. Second-degree burglary is a “wobbler” that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the case and the defendant’s prior criminal history.