KING CITY — A 38-year-old man from King City has been arrested and charged with burglary, attempted burglary and prowling.

According to the King City Police Department, officers received a 9-1-1 call at about 12:53 a.m. on May 18 regarding a burglary that had just occurred in the 1200 block of Amherst Drive. Police said an unknown subject entered the apartment and opened the victim’s bedroom door, waking the resident.

“When confronted, the subject ran from the residence out the rear sliding glass door,” police said in a news release Tuesday.

At 1:16 a.m., officers received another 9-1-1 call regarding an attempted residential burglary-in-progress in the 200 block of Rio Vista Drive. With the assistance of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, they responded and began an investigation. 

While checking the area, a subject — later identified as Mariano Flores Diaz — was contacted. Diaz, 38, a resident of King City, was determined to be on Post Release Community Supervision, which is a form of supervision provided to an offender who has been released from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“While speaking with the subject, it was determined that he had been in the area of Amherst Drive and admitted to drinking at a park in King City,” police said.

Based on evidence located at the scene and matching clothing worn by the subject, police determined that Diaz was responsible for both crimes. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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