Murrieta Police DepartmentMurrieta Police Department

2 Town Square
Murrieta, CA 92562
(951) 304-2677


Subject :Burglary Suspect Captured
Contact :Sergeant Jay Froboese    951-461-6302

 At 7:35 pm  911 calls began coming in from several residents on the 28000 block of Prairie Falcon that a black male subject wearing a reflective Waste Management vest was attempting to make entry into several residences.  The suspect was kicking doors and trying door handles. One of the neighbors saw the suspect make entry into a neighbor’s house where he encountered the neighbor’s young children home alone. The children ran from the residence while the suspect helped himself to jewelry and watches.  The neighbor that witnessed this grabbed a bat and chased the subject as he exited the house.  The subject told the neighbor he had a gun and was going to kill him as he ran into a canyon towards Warm Springs Creek.  A  containment was rapidly set up on both sides of the Warm Springs Creek Canyon.  Border Patrol Officers help was requested with night vision goggles and canines. The canyon was lit up with spot lights and a thorough search was conducted.  At 2124 hours as the containment was being broken down, the suspect, who had been pinned down with lights and searching officers for two hours in the thick brush and trees of Warm Springs Creek began to move.  He was spotted by a property owner who had already spoke with officers and been given a description.  The property owner, who was unsure if officers were still on foot searching the area contacted the suspect on his property and asked, “Are you the good guy or the bad guy?”  The suspect Marcus Gordon responded, “I’m the black guy!”  The property owner called MPD and  officers still in the area contacted and arrested Gordon.  Gordon had just been released at 6:15 pm from Southwest Jail after being arrested earlier today in Menifee for battery on a Pollice Officer and reckless driving.  He did not have a ride and was on foot wandering with no destination when he decided to burglarize some houses.  He did not have a gun and it is unknown where he obtained the Waste Management vest.  He did have pockets full of jewelry and watches from Prairie Falcon which were returned to the rightful owners.  Another example of excellent teamwork by all Murrieta officers working closely with our neighboring Border Patrol Office.  The quick arrival and rapid perimeter containment set up and canyon light up pinned the suspect down resulting in his eventual arrest.  Prairie Falcon neighbors were ecstatic and very appreciative of all the efforts made by everyone involved.