Bend Resident Shoots at Homeless Man Who Burglarized House

Early yesterday morning, Bend Police officers responded to the report of a burglary on NE 4th Street. Officers arrived and detained the suspect, 52 year old Joseph Ruben Sanchez, who was still inside the residence. Sanchez is a homeless man who frequents the Bend area.

Officers determined that a resident at the property had encountered Sanchez in the backyard. Sanchez did not have permission to be on the property. The resident told Sanchez to leave. Sanchez did not leave and instead entered the home on the property.

The resident, who was armed with a handgun, again told Sanchez to leave. Sanchez verbally threatened the resident and began moving toward him. The resident fired one round in Sanchez’s direction, which the resident described as a warning shot. Sanchez was not injured and remained inside the residence until police arrived. Drug impairment was believed to be a factor in this event.

The suspect was booked into Deschutes County Jail on a charge of Burglary I.

Source: BPD