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Pair accused in Downieville home invasion held in Nevada County Jail, reports state

Richard James Douglass

A Downieville resident shot a would-be robber in the arm over the weekend as the suspect tried to enter a house, leading Sierra County authorities to arrest two people in connection with the home invasion, reports state.

Richard James Douglass, 22, of Napa, and Deborah R. Hunt, 33, of McKinleyville, each face charges of conspiracy to a commit a burglary, second-degree robbery, unsuccessful attempt to commit a robbery and a probation violation. Additionally, Douglass faces an unrelated drug charge out of Napa County, according to a release from Sgt. Michelle Anderson, with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Anderson, deputies responded around 10:25 p.m. Friday to reports of a home invasion in progress at a River Street house. A woman told dispatchers that her husband shot a suspect as he tried to enter their home through a broken window. The shot hit the suspect in the arm, and he fled.

Deputies arrived and searched the area. They found a male fitting the description of the suspect and a woman inside a vehicle on Highway 49, just south of Downieville, reports state.

Reports state that the male suspect was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The pair — identified as Douglass and Hunt — was booked Saturday into the Nevada County Jail under $200,000 in bond, the release states.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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