The home invasion victims provided video surveillance footage that depicted the suspect's actions prior to entering the Canyon Country residence. Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department/Santa Clarita Valley Station
The suspect prior to entering the Canyon Country residence as caught on video surveillance provided by the crime victims. Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department/Santa Clarita Valley Station

A 26-year-old man described as “a known narcotics offender” was behind bars Tuesday for allegedly entering a Canyon Country home and robbing a husband and wife who were awakened by the intruder.

Michael Estrada, a transient whose last known address was in Los Angeles, was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The crime occurred about 1:15 a.m. last Friday in the 18200 block of Sierra Highway, according to Lt. Ignacio Somoano of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station.

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A 33-year-old woman was awakened by noises in her home and, as she was getting out of bed, was confronted by an intruder who was armed with two knives and had his hands and face covered with clothing, Somoano said.

The suspect ordered her to get back in bed alongside her 39-year-old husband, who had slept through the initial exchange.

“The suspect then demanded money from both victims,” according to Somoano, who said the couple “surrendered the little cash they had,” along with their cell phones.

The suspect then fled and the victims immediately called 911.

“The victims also provided video surveillance footage that clearly depicted the suspect’s actions prior to entering the residence and concealing his face and body,” Somoano said.

By late Friday afternoon, “a known narcotics offender was identified as the suspect who committed the crime,” Somoano said.

A patrol deputy who had been given Estrada’s description located him about 10 a.m. Saturday in a wash area near Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway.

“Based on the great surveillance footage, the suspect admitted to the crime,” Somoano said, and was booked on two counts of armed robbery and one count of residential burglary.

–City News Service

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