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UPDATED: Stevenson Ranch burglary suspects identified

Posted: July 23, 2009 12:27 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2009 12:27 p.m.
A man and woman were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies Wednesday afternoon on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in Stevenson Ranch.

A Stevenson Ranch resident acted quickly and calmly after returning home and finding an unknown male inside her home. The resident had left her house in the 26000 block of Ohara Lane to run some errands. When she returned home a short time later, she saw her rear patio door had been shattered. She then saw a male adult coming down her stairwell.

The male suspect, later identified as Marcus Swayne, MB/30, of Los Angeles, ran out of the residence and the homeowner immediately contacted the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Dozens of deputies rapidly responded to the area and immediately established a containment of the entire neighborhood.

Just minutes later after a crime broadcast, a sergeant from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Community Interaction Team (CIT) and a Los Angeles County Probation Officer talked to some kids a block away from the crime, in the 26000 block of Salinger Lane, who said two unknown people were in their garage.

The sergeant and probation officer went to the garage and saw the male suspect and a female suspect, later identified as Felicia Norfolk, FB/23, of West Hollywood.

The female was detained as she tried to run away and the male suspect ran from the garage and over the backyard fence. The sergeant followed the suspect and provided information as additional deputies moved into the area.

In the garage deputies found several items apparently directly linked to the residential burglary on Ohara Lane.

Several additional Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department resources were called into the area including a helicopter from the Aero Bureau and three sheriff's search and enforcement dogs from the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).

During a yard-to-yard search the male suspect was located by a sheriff's K-9 dog in the backyard of a residence in the 26000 block of Ohara Lane hiding inside the storage area of a built-in barbecue.

Suspect Swayne sustained an injury as a result of the deployment of the K-9 dog. Both suspects were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Suspect Swayne is undergoing treatment and will face potential felony charges of Burglary (Residential) and Receiving Known Stolen Property. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

Suspect Norfolk was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on felony charges of Burglary and Receiving Known Stolen Property. She is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility, Lynwood, in lieu of $50,000 bail and is due in court Friday.

Sheriff's officials have not determined if these suspects are connected to any of the other recent residential burglaries in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Detectives have been attempting to identify at least two other suspects for some time in connection with several of these previous cases and this may be the break they have been looking for.

In the other cases two suspects, described only as male and female black adults, were seen in and around the burglarized homes.


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