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Man arrested after allegedly assaulting, robbing sleeping Winchester Bay resident

March 19, 2018 GMT

A California man is in jail after police say he broke into a Winchester Bay home and assaulted a 62-year-old man who was asleep.

At approximately 5 a.m. on March 16, emergency personnel received a report that a man had activated a medical alert alarm at the Fisherman’s Mobile Home Park in the 100 block of Beach Boulevard, Winchester Bay.

When an ambulance arrived to the home, first responders learned the victim, Scott Patrick Meiers, had been assaulted during his sleep by an unknown male subject.

Meiers said that subject had stolen several firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash before taking off, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

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During the investigation, a deputy noticed a male subject exiting a nearby wooded area on foot. The deputy went to question the subject, but the man took off running.

Eventually, the deputy caught the man, 25-year-old Joshua Lee Roberts, of Eureka, California, and arrested him.

Roberts, who police determined was the subject who assaulted Meiers, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, five counts of first-degree theft, second-degree criminal trespass and for being a fugitive from another state.

Meiers was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the attack, police said.

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