A Cloverdale man who attempted to burglarize a home in Windsor early Saturday morning fought with the homeowner before he was arrested, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Windsor police responded to an interrupted residential burglary in the 9400 block of Vinecrest Road at about 3:35 a.m., Sonoma County Sgt. Michael Raasch said. Residents told officers that they woke up to a man inside their home, he said. The male homeowner confronted the burglar and a fight ensued between the two prompting the homeowner’s girlfriend to call 911, Raasch said.
The suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Robert Venoie Williams, was able to flee and run out onto the street but the homeowner continued to chase him, he said. Windsor police officers arrived soon after and were able to catch Williams as he tried to escape in his car, Raasch said. Sonoma County Sheriff’s detectives arrived to the scene by request of Windsor police to investigate the incident, Raasch said. Detectives learned that Williams broke through a window in the locked garage to enter the home, he said. Williams rifled through the homeowner’s girlfriend’s car and stole money and credit cards, Raasch said.
He also found many valuable antique items and placed them by the back door of the garage, he said. The homeowner got out of bed when he heard noises and found Williams in the laundry room, Raasch said. The homeowner suffered a dislocated finger during the fight with Williams that required medical attention, he said. Windsor police returned the stolen money and credit cards to the homeowner’s girlfriend found upon Williams’ arrest, Raach said. Williams was arrested on charges of residential burglary, robbery and possession of burglary tools. He was booked into county jail on bail set at $500,000.
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