Rancho Santa Fe residents bound in home-invasion robbery


A family was bound while gunmen ransacked their Rancho Santa Fe home late Friday, Jan. 12, in a robbery, sheriff’s officials said.

The home invasion was reported about 11 p.m. on Stonebridge Lane, a dead-end road off of El Camino Real. It is a gated community of about two-dozen mansions on three-acre lots with pools and tennis courts.

The four armed men wearing masks entered the home, bound the victims and ransacked the home before leaving.

Authorities on Saturday, Jan. 13, did not give the home’s specific address or provide other details, including the number of victims, how they were bound, if anyone was injured or what was stolen.

A detailed description of the robbers was also not given.

A neighbor, Richard Nordquest, said a couple with children live in the home. He phoned them after the robbery and learned that they “were OK.”

He said they were able to free themselves from their bindings and call for help.

A 71-year-old woman who also lives on the street said she learned about the robbery Saturday afternoon.

“It scares me to death,” she said.

She noted that another home in their gated community had been broken into a few months ago. Nordquest said that was a burglary when no one was at home.

-- Kristina Davis is a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune

Note: The investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station Detective Unit. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with information and callers will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.