Cayucos woman tells story of home intrusion

June 22, 2011

Robert Auston Romero

By LISA RIZZO

More information has surfaced about what happened at a Cayucos home Monday night after a stranger entered a family’s home.

Hilda Villalobos told CalCoastNews that Robert Auston Romero trespassed onto her property sometime after 2:30 a.m., entered her home, and went upstairs where her two children were sleeping.

Villalobos, who was writing at her downstairs desk and startled by the sounds of the apparent intruder, grabbed a knife and called for whoever was there to come down so she could trap him at the bottom of the stairs.

Meanwhile, she woke her husband, William Epstein, who was snoozing on the couch.  Epstein then proceeded to call 911 while his wife held Romero at bay.

The intruder was dressed in black and carrying an empty backpack. Suspecting Romero was attempting to rob her home, Villalobos told Romero she would not allow him to leave until she could see what was inside his bag.

While Epstien was out of sight, Villalobos confirmed none of her items had been taken. Romero then lunged for the backpack and pushed Villalobos against the wall.

They scuffled, prompting her husband to return to the stairwell and tackle Romero who then bumped his head, Villalobos said.

Epstien kept Romero on the floor while his wife, who was not hurt, called 911. While waiting for sheriff deputies to arrive, the suspect passed out and began snoring.

Romero was not charged with trespassing, assault or attempted robbery. He was however, arrested and booked into county jail on the charge of drunk in public.


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11 Comments

  1. willie says:

    I feel sorry for him

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  2. my2cents says:

    Well I’m glad the mother of the home was up at 2:30 in the morning to notice someone coming in. Wait, why was she up at 2 in the morning with her husband snoozing on the couch?

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    • mkaney says:

      Oh my gosh, someone has violated the schedule put out by the Ministry of Conformity. More puzzling than why she was up at 2:30 w/her husband on the couch is why you would comment on that.

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  3. Spirit Filled says:

    Good thing he didn’t fall asleep in my house. We have a chicken eating bear around. Drunks abound. Oh well, at least he wasn’t driving. He ought to be ordered to attend AA for at least a year. Certainly wouldn’t hurt. If he doesn’t want to quit he won’t anyway.
    We better count on the chicken man-eating bear. I will pray for all us drunks and recovering drunks.

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  4. r0y says:

    “While waiting for sheriff deputies to arrive, the suspect passed out and began snoring.”

    I got a chuckle out of that (before realizing he was intoxicated)…

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    • Stunned says:

      I noted he accidentally bumped his head just before dozing off and thought “nice slug to the chin Mr. Epstein”!!

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  5. ApathyWillKillYou says:

    According to the victim’s statement:

    “Romero then lunged for the backpack and pushing Villalobos against the wall”

    And he is only charged with drunk in public!

    He will be out of custody soon and coming to a home near you!

    And PIZMO’s comment was spot on!

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  6. Pizmo says:

    “Romero was not charged with trespassing, assault or attempted robbery. He was however, arrested and booked into county jail on the charge of drunk in public.”

    Who is this guy, a fireman?

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    • zaphod says:

      So did this guy DUI from Phrezknow or walk from the old Cayucos tavern?

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      • SanSimeonSam says:

        circle drive is way too far from the tavern for a fireman to walk

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    • Pizmo says:

      I’m guessin’ the single thumbs down is, I dunno….. a fireman???

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