[Story updated July 11] A woman was arrested in Rancho Murieta on Tuesday in connection with Sunday’s attempted break-in by a man at a Guadalupe Drive home. She was a resident of the Villas and had hosted the man arrested Sunday, according to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Hampton on Wednesday identified the man arrested Sunday as Jeffrey Kay, 36, a transient whose last known address was in Stockton. He was charged with public intoxication. "They really had no reason at the time to arrest him for the burglary, because they had no way to prove it," Hampton said. The woman arrested Tuesday was identified as Sarah McClenahan, 31, a Villas resident, who was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for shoplifting.
Both have since been released from custody, Hampton said. Due to a misunderstanding, the sheriff's spokesman did not return RanchoMurieta.com requests for information about the incidents until Wednesday morning.
Murietan Nina Heise said her golf group had seen sheriff’s vehicles in the area Tuesday morning as they were playing the North Course. As the group was teeing off on the 18th Hole, Heise said a sheriff’s deputy approached their group at the same time that Heise saw a woman cowering behind a bush along the Villas property, several homes in from Murieta Parkway.
“I kind of got his attention,” Heise said of the deputy, “and I pointed over there to the woman. And then he walked up on her, talked to her, cuffed her and took her away.”
Neighbor Peggie Miller-Gear, who reported a man trying to get into her home on Sunday, said investigators followed up with her husband on Tuesday. The investigators said the male suspect was freed after six hours and that any prosecution will be determined by the district attorney’s office.
Miller-Gear said her husband, Earl, correctly identified the suspect from a number of mugshots on the investigators’ computer.
The investigators’ followup on the Sunday incident brought them to the Villas on Tuesday, which led to the second arrest, according to Rancho Murieta Security Chief Jeff Werblun. He said the woman who was arrested and a second man were in the process of moving out Tuesday when the arrest occurred.
Werblun said there’s an ongoing sheriff's investigation – which he is assisting by reviewing gate camera footage – and that further charges may be coming. Of that investigation, he wrote in an email, “It however has nothing to do with R.M., to put people at ease.” He said he wants to emphasize that everyone, wherever they live, should always lock their doors, and that the two arrests were not the result of vagrants walking in off the street.