A 33-year-old Fallbrook man was arrested at shortly after midnight on July 9, after he had broken into a couple’s home in Rainbow and subsequently became engaged in a fight with one of the victims.
Sgt. David Pocklington said deputies from the Fallbrook Sheriff’s substation received a call at about 12:26 a.m. and responded to the 5100 block of First Street in Rainbow concerning a residential burglary.
Upon arrival, a female victim said that an unknown male “had jumped through their bedroom window.” She reported that her husband had engaged in a fight with the suspect.
“During the struggle the suspect yelled he was armed with a handgun and high on PCP,” said Plockington. “When deputies arrived they could hear screams coming from inside the residence. As they approached, deputies could see the male resident in a struggle with the suspect.”
Plockington said during the struggle the male victim was struck several times with a flashlight.
“Deputies quickly entered through the broken window to stop the assault,” he said. “After a brief struggle with the suspect they were able to arrest him.”
“During the arrest deputies deployed their tasers multiple times,” said Plockington. “The suspect sustained minor injuries and has been medically cleared.”
Plockington said the victim injuries were minor.
“One deputy sustained a minor laceration to his hand from jumping through the window,” he added.
The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Michael Duitsman of Fallbrook.
Duitsman was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for 245 P.C. – Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 148 P.C. – Resisting Arrest and 11550 H&S – Under the Influence of a Control Substance. Bail was set at $80,000.
“At this time there is no evidence the suspect possessed a handgun,” said Plockington. “The investigation is ongoing.”