2 arrested, victim hospitalized after violent Siskiyou County home invasion

HORNBROOK, Calif. — Authorities yesterday reported that two men who kicked their way into a man’s home, sprayed him with bear-mace, and then began kicking him while he was down on the ground, were arrested after then stealing various items from within the victim’s home.

The victim was later treated for a suspected broken arm and exposure to the bear-mace after the home invasion robbery, which happened at a private residence in the Hornbrook area of Siskiyou County.


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Siskiyou County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the victim’s home around 5 a.m., Sunday morning, Dec. 27, after receiving the report of an active home invasion robbery, officials reported yesterday.

When deputies arrived they found the injured victim, whose name has not been released. He was transported to an area hospital for exposure to bear-mace “and a possible broken arm,” officials explained; adding, “The victim is expected to make a full recovery.”

The suspects had already fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.

“The suspects kicked the victim’s door open, bear-maced the victim, and began kicking him while he was on the ground,” according to officials; who also said the victim told deputies his attackers were armed with firearms during the robbery.

In the process of spraying the victim with the bear-mace, the suspects were soon overcome by fumes inside the residence, “which caused them to retreat outside briefly, allowing the victim to escape through a window and get to safety,” officials described.

Once they were able to breathe again, the duo re-entered the residence and started grabbing anything of value before fleeing the area in a white, late 90’s Ford pickup truck with a wood rack.

While searching the area, deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Ager and York roads. With assistance from California Highway Patrol, deputies took both suspects into custody without incident.

Two men who allegedly sprayed a man with bear-mace and may have broken his arm during a violent, early morning home invasion robbery were arrested by deputies in Siskiyou County last Sunday morning.

The men were then identified as Steven Charles Ferea, 47, of Castro Valley, and Corey Matthew Boatman, 31, of Stockton.

While searching the suspect’s truck deputies located and recovered a brand-new cell phone, chainsaw, generator, and several other items that were all later identified as stolen from the victim. However, deputies did not find any firearms inside the vehicle.

Boatman and Ferea were later transported to Siskiyou County Jail where they were booked for more than a half-dozen felony and misdemeanor charges related to the violent robbery.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information that might be helpful is encouraged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 841-2900. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.