Paso Robles woman confronts burglar in her home

January 20, 2023

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

Police officers arrested a man on Thursday who allegedly attempted to burglarize multiple homes in a Paso Robles neighborhood.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a 911 caller reported a man broke into her home near Apion Court through an open garage door. The suspect reportedly had a pry bar and a large knife.

The woman confronted the suspect as he came out of one of the interior bedrooms. The burglar quickly left the home and attempted to force his way into a home across the street, but did not succeed, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

Paso Robles officers arrived in the area and located the suspect, 34-year-old Stephen Chargin, as he attempted to drive away. Officers found methamphetamine, fentanyl, prescription pills and psilocybin mushrooms during a search of Cahrgin and his vehicle.

Police arrested Chargin on felony charges of burglary, attempted burglary, possession of drugs for sale and other drug related offenses. Chargin remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000, according to the county sheriff’s office website.

An investigation into the case is ongoing. Authorities are asking anyone who has information about the case to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.


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grumpy

Sign by the door. “You may get in,but you won’t get out”.


Florian75

Absurdly low bail for the severity of the crimes and the involvement of weapons and drugs.


Last Individual

And the likelihood of recidivism. You are correct. Bail is way, way too low to protect the public. Did Guerrero set this bail?


pasoparent5

She’s lucky to be alive.


JThomas

So is Stephen Chargin AKA burglar.


Joe Blow

If he had entered the house of a gun owner, he’d be dead.


pasoparent5

The woman gave her first-hand acct of the incident on social media and you are spot on, Joe.

Let’s just say the burglar could’ve easily ended up in a body bag. He picked the wrong neighborhood.


Laughlines

But here in California, it’s a really good chance that the homeowner would face charges. After all, systemic and pervasive something-something made the poor dear do what he did…