Dunsmuir burglar arrested after caught by homeowner, refusing to leave

DUNSMUIR, Calif., — Authorities say a burglar was arrested after a homeowner discovered him inside their Dunsmuir residence early Monday evening Feb. 7. Although the man reportedly refused to leave the home, he was quickly apprehended by deputies who responded to the scene.


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Deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence located in the 5000 block of Florence Loop shortly before 7 p.m. after receiving the report of an in-progress burglary.

The 911 caller told emergency dispatchers they had returned home to find an unknown male in the residence who was refusing to leave.

When the Deputies arrived, they located a man, since identified as 35-year-old Matthew David Sequenzia, inside the home and detained him without incident.

During a subsequent search, deputies discovered Sequenzia was in possession of property stolen from the home, as well as 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

After his arrest, Sequenzia was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $15,000 bail or bond.

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“The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is relieved to report that nobody was hurt during this incident,” officials said in a social media release after Sequenzia’s arrest. “We owe this positive outcome not only to the professionalism and tactics of the deputies, but also to the resident who immediately contacted law enforcement upon discovering the burglar.”

“We would like to remind citizens of the importance of securing residences when not at home and to notify law enforcement of suspicious or criminal behavior,” officials went on to say.

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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.