By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Police arrest suspect in Murrieta attempted burglary


Last updated 5/10/2018 at 6:27am

Murrieta police officers on Tuesday, May 8, arrested a 36-year-old transient suspected of trying to break into a condominium near Madison Avenue.

Frederick Baker, 36, was arrested on suspicion of attempted residential burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating his probation. He was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley with bail set at $50,000 and remained there Wednesday.

According to a news release from Murrieta Police Lt. Mark Reid, police received a call from a resident of the Madison Park Condominium complex about an attempted residential burglary.

The resident said he was in his living room when he heard someone banging on his door and turning the door handle as if to open it. When he opened the front door, the resident saw a man walking away from the doorstep and around the corner.

"As the caller closed his front door, he heard a window in his bedroom break," Reid wrote.

Some officers went to the condominium while other officers searched the area for the burglar.

Reid wrote that police spotted Baker, who matched the description of the suspect, at the am/pm convenience store on Kalmia Street.

Police checked Baker's records and found out he was on probation for a burglary conviction. During a search of Baker's person, authorities say they found the methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia.

Baker was identified by the condominium resident as the suspected burglar.


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