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Washington man arrested in connection with San Ramon home invasions

Resident awoke to find stranger inside her home, police say

A Washington man has been charged in connection with a pair of recent San Ramon home invasions, including one in which a female resident woke up and found a burglar in her bedroom doorway, authorities announced Saturday.

Robert Andrew Hickox, 21, of Everett, Wash., faces two counts of burglary, one count of possession of stolen property and special allegations of entering a residence while occupied, according to a San Ramon Police Department statement.

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office filed the charges against Hickox on Wednesday, four days after officers reportedly arrested him in a neighborhood near both incidents.

The first home invasion occurred the night of April 18 at a home on Talavera Drive, near the intersection of Bollinger Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

A female resident at the home reported around 11 p.m. that she awoke and discovered a man in the doorway of her second-story bedroom, according to police.

The resident reportedly yelled at the man, who then left the home. Police said the rear sliding-glass door and window were tampered with.

The next morning, SRPD officers were dispatched to another home in the neighborhood, where a burglar broke a back window to gain entry, police said.

The residents weren't home, and it appeared the culprit was inside for "a good deal of time" before leaving with unspecified stolen property, police said.

During the investigation later on April 19, officers patrolling in a surrounding neighborhood reportedly contacted a man who matched the description of the person involved in the late-night Talavera Drive incident.

The man was later identified as Hickox, according to police, who alleged they found him in possession of items stolen from one of the homes.

Authorities allege they obtained property, physical evidence and statements that linked Hickox to both incidents. He was arrested the afternoon of April 19 and booked into the county jail.

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:46 pm

All the more reason to either have a burglar alarm system or some form of protection other than a baseball bat! The lady is lucky he was not violent and only wanted the things he could steal and not do her bodily harm. In many cases, the homeowners are not so fortunate. We live in an area that is relatively safe but those who want to commit crimes know this. Know your neighbors and keep a watch out for those who might be casing your home or your neighbors home. Crimes like these aren't random always - the criminal has checked out the property earlier.


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a resident of Danville
on Apr 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

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Posted by Gary
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm

A nice gun for the creep is fine.


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Posted by Bia
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Robert Hickox is my cousin he has a mental disorder an is on heroin an meth wich makes is phycotic behavior worse. Yes he is a creep but he is family he has been missing for two years now. We have tried to get this boy help the real help he needs but ppl just push him away. When he was living with me he was ok an stable he has times of doin stuff that he doesn't remember doing and that is BC of all the drugs. This boy needs help not ppl bashing on him and putting him down everyone has problems it just takes the right person to help those ppl and if y'all had any heart at all you would understand the situation. We miss you bobby an we want you home an safe we want you to get your life back together not just for yourself but for you baby girl as well.


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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

As an aside, what is described in this story aren't "home invasions" as the term is customarily used. These were simple burglaries. A "home invasion" is where a robber or group of robbers enters the home and intentionally confronts the occupants, restraining them and taking things directly from them. The difference between robbery and home invasions is the confrontation and directly taking property from the person, as opposed to sneaking around picking stuff up from the house.

Doesn't change anything about what happened here, but typical of the "bracket creep" of describing merely bad events in language suitable for horrific events.


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