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February 1, 2011 (Valley Center) – Cameron Manning, 19, has been hospitalized with head trauma, a skull fracture and broken bones after he was attacked by two burglary suspects. According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, shortly after midnight on January 28, Manning entered his residence at 24586 Lake Wohlford in Valley Center. There he was beaten in the head with a hammer, kicked, and left bound and injured on the floor.


The thieves stole a safe and several marijuana plants grown by Manning’s roommate, authorities report.

Manning managed to free himself and walked to a neighbor’s home. The neighbor drove Manning to the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.


Detectives from the Valley Center Sheriff’s Station began an investigation that led to the identification of the two suspects, Jeremy Crowl, 19, of San Diego and Devan Gray, 19 of Valley Center.


Gray was taken into custody on Saturday at his home in Valley Center. As that arrest was being made, Crowl arrived at the home and was also arrested. Property stolen from the victim and other evidence was recovered from Crowl’s' vehicle and Gray’s home. The suspects have been booked in the Vista Detention Facility for burglary, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of stolen property.

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This incident is one of many

This incident is one of many and shouldn't be overlooked. However, in their defense growing marijuana is also illegal too. I wouldn't be surprised if the burglars were already familiar with Manning and his roommate of course who was responsible for growing the plants...Regardless, individuals need to be more cautious about their home safety, and perhaps consider investing in a guard dog, one of the many home security systems on the market, or maybe even a firearm. The level of necessary security will probably vary based on the location of your home but it's best to be prepared for these incidents in advance. Better be safe than sorry! -Jessica