Family Runs to Locked Room as Homeowner Fights Off Intruder

A man, his wife, daughter and an aunt were inside the home at 1st Street and Huffstatler Road when the man entered the home around 12:30 a.m.

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    NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports from the community near Fallbrook after deputies arrest a man accused of breaking into a home and fighting with the owner. (Published Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014)

    A man who claimed to be under the influence of PCP broke into a home near Fallbrook through a bedroom window.

    A man, his wife, daughter and an aunt were inside the home at 1st Street and Huffstatler Road when the man entered the home around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    The homeowner fought off the intruder even though the suspect was beating him with a flashlight and threatened to have a gun, officials said.

    The family locked themselves inside a bedroom while they called 911. A dispatcher told them to stay locked in that room until deputies could arrive.

    Once San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies got to the home, they found the man and suspect still fighting.

    Then the suspect turned on the deputies and began to fight them.

    Deputies say they tased the intruder multiple times.

    Officials have identified the man arrested as 33-year-old Michael Duitsman of Fallbrook.

    Duitsman was transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.

    He was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and under the influence of a control substance.