Homeowner fires warning shot; deputies arrest attempted burglary suspect

Sheriff's Station officials investigate a report of a break-in on Baker Canyon Road

Deputies responded to a burglary attempt gone awry Thursday, after a 64-year-old woman stopped an alleged home invader with her shotgun.

Deputies received a call around 1:40 p.m. about the possible burglary on the 15000 block of Baker Canyon Road, near Vasquez Canyon Road and Sierra Highway, Sgt. Matt Bengtson confirmed. 

“The suspect allegedly made entry into her home,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Station. “The victim went into a room of her house and it sounds like the suspect made entry into the room where the victim was at.”

A picture of the front door of the home. Courtesy photo

The Signal spoke with the husband of the victim Friday, who noted the couple have lived on the property since his father built the house in the 1950s. 

When the wife heard someone had broken into the house, she went into a bedroom that had rifles on the wall, and she grabbed a shotgun (pictured) the family used to fend off coyotes that approach the rural property. 

Keoshian was taken into custody Thursday, and later released on bond. Courtesy

The suspect reportedly was unarmed, but the victim was not, Miller noted, citing a report taken at the scene.

When the suspect realized the situation, he started to leave, and the victim followed the suspect and fired a shot into the air, ordering the suspect on to the ground, according to reports. 

When deputies arrived, they arrested Collin Keoshian, 29, of Valencia, who was lying on the front lawn of the home, according to the Sheriff’s Station report. Keoshian did not list his occupation on the Sheriff’s Department’s booking log, but the former SCV prep football standout for Santa Clarita Christian had stops at College of the Canyons, Glendale College, BYU and Illinois State before most recently playing for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, according to records available online.

Keoshian was booked on suspicion of a felony burglary charge at the Sheriff’s Station and then later released on $50,000 bail.

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