UPDATE: Woman Arrested After Barricading Herself, Kids Inside Home During Eviction Attempt in Clayton

July 2, 2014 22:19 pm · 37 comments


A Clayton woman was arrested today after barricading herself in her home along with three children after Contra Costa County sheriff’s personnel arrived to evict them, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Deputies from the sheriff’s civil unit arrived at the home in the 1000 block of Pebble Beach Drive around 10:30 a.m. to evict the residents, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Jimmy Lee.

But the woman inside refused to answer the door, barricading herself inside, he said.

When deputies learned there might be three children inside the house, investigators and negotiators were called to the scene.

After multiple failed attempts to speak with the woman, deputies forced their way into the home around 1:30 p.m., Lee said.

The woman was arrested on unspecified charges and the three children inside were found unharmed, according to the spokesman.

RELATED STORYUPDATE: CoCo Sheriff, Clayton Police Dealing with Uncooperative Person Inside Home on Pebble Beach Dr.

Antler July 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Comments on the previous post objected to the publication of the name of the street (and then a commenter’s adding the actual street number of the house). Please note that the squad car parked crosswise on the street would have stopped any “lookie loos”.
However, it is true that the very large readership of Claycord.com now knows exactly what house stands empty tonight. I hope the owner of record realizes (because someone told him about Claycord) that fact and now has the structure alarmed and/or guarded.

ANNONeeemoose July 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

So the moron that posted on the other post about holding her kids at gunpoint was wrong? Was there a gun? Or just a distraught mother? I can’t even FATHOM a situation like that and it is heartbreaking to think of.

Subterfuge July 2, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The home owner… Would that now be the bank?

TraumaRx July 2, 2014 at 11:53 PM

People need to learn to pay their rent and this wouldn’t happen.

anonanonagain July 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

How sad that this had to be the outcome. It seems people never learn anything from their tumultuous day to day experiences except becoming more entrenched in their hatred/beliefs. I feel so sad for the children……..

Isabelle July 3, 2014 at 12:08 AM

TraumaRx….you have no idea, or maybe you do. In the economy these days, it usually takes at least a two person house hold; unless you hod degrees in “whatever” and can get a good enough job. Even then sometimes it’s hard; but you have to make a way… 😉

Isabelle July 3, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I meant to say “at least one degree”. 🙂

The Realist July 3, 2014 at 12:40 AM

“People need to learn to live within their means.”
Fixed that for you.
But of course in Clownifornia where the state politicians in Sac can’t even do that, do we expact any better from the goofs that voted them into office

TraumaRx July 3, 2014 at 12:46 AM

You should not have kids if you cant’t provide for them properly. And please don’t blame it on the economy! Theres plenty of us who went to college and chose the correct profession and are not struggling. No sympathy here.

Common sense July 3, 2014 at 2:51 AM

Trauma needs an Rx. You are either an internet troll or a complete moron with no grasp on reality. It takes one major illness, death of a spouse, or downsizing of a company to send a well off family into poverty and eviction.

Watch what happens if you get a nasty type of cancer and become too sick to work.


Union supporter July 3, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Well said TraumaRX.! I totally agree. Get up and get a real paying job people. So you can afford to pay your rent and live a happy life.

Antler July 3, 2014 at 4:16 AM

Subterfuge at #3 ….. Perhaps you would ask the Wednesday real estate columnist that question, please? Or perhaps Mayor has legal and law enforcement contacts who will explain the complexities to us.

There obviously are big chunks of missing back-story. And it is normal for us to question why the woman chose not to….or was not able to….make other arrangements prior to eviction date. But I believe there is something like a six-month grace period after foreclosure status is confirmed before the court (through use of law enforcement officers) may proceed with forced eviction.

In other words, the mother had plenty of prior notice. And then…for reasons we do not know and might not EVER know … she made the stupid decision not to come out from the house when the police ordered her to do so.

Some missing chunks? It is not cruel to wonder such things as whether the woman had been the sole property owner…..or whether there is or once was a husband or other financial patron…and if so, where is he now? Are there relatives nearby who might have helped? And if so, had she asked them for help and been refused….or had she been too ashamed to tell them her straits? Had she been paying rent to a non-resident owner who in turn had not been making mortgage payments?

Big chunks. Heavy chunks. Missing.

Me July 3, 2014 at 4:43 AM

@ Traumarx, “No Sympathy?” Not everyone has the opportunity to go to school. Some women have kids young, married, are not the bread winner, and wham, find themselves in a bad situation. I do not blame the home owner, if they were renting. You have to pay property taxes etc.. But we need a safety net, esp for families with kids, so they are not put out on the streets. And not some shelter. A place to stay. Safe. And nothing fancy. But it would be nice, because it could happen to any of us. Seen it before, middle class doing great and a year later homeless. From a medical condition, injury, addiction, divorce, you name it, it can and does happen. And I have a lot of respect for those of us who work hard and pay our bills etc. But who knows. My back went out for a couple months when I was doing really well and that is all it takes, lucky I have savings, but you start to get it from all sides. Even called a bum , even if you worked your butt off for 20 years strait, all it takes is a bad break and this could be any of us. So wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a safety net so no one fear homelessness if the worst happens?

jules July 3, 2014 at 4:44 AM

TraumaRx, your callous remarks overlook the sad reality that becomes of many people who have an education, started out being able to provide for their children, and even chose the ‘correct” profession. The death of a spouse, illness of a child, a diagnosis of a debilitating disease or disorder come to mind, and one would think might enter yours as well…TraumaRx.

PO'd July 3, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Now we have a place for the homeless to occupy, and an address to help guide them. Once in, it can take some time to “evict” them. If I live on Pebble Beach Dr., I would keep an eye out for the “occupiers” and call CPD immediately upon seeing anybody casing the house.

Blink July 3, 2014 at 6:05 AM

@ traumaRX

Your ignorance is astounding and lack of compassion scary.
Lots of people struggle who went to college
Trickle down economics provides cushion for the privileged
Divorce, illness can cause setbacks never imagined
If your comfortable today ….enjoy…life can change without your permission

Blink July 3, 2014 at 6:11 AM

It was a wonderful life…..documentary on how life can change

Sally July 3, 2014 at 6:18 AM

TraumaRx and The Realist, God help your mean hearts, I guess you’ve been lucky so far, don’t judge someone until you’ve walked in their shoes. This may have been a woman who could afford having kids and living in a house like this at some point, but unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong. She probably lost her job or husband may have left. I’ve seen and heard similar stories like this and as a mother, I’ll do what I can to keep a roof over my kids head. I hope she and the kids are alright, it makes me sad to hear things like this happen in this “beautiful” country of ours.

anon July 3, 2014 at 6:33 AM

Trauma nurse ratchet

anon July 3, 2014 at 6:42 AM

I wonder….sometimes when people come from another culture, they are still learning the laws and customs of the land. I wonder if this woman came from a country where the police/authorities are corrupt to say the least.

Patty July 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Actually…the dow is over 17000 for the first time in history this morning and the US added 230000 more jobs bringing the unemployment rate down from 6.3 to 6.1. The economy is undeniably on the up-swing. Even though I feel for all involved in the situation…I’ve seen too many times people waiting until the last minute to work something out with their landlord. Eviction is an expensive process and they would sooner prefer to find a solution over eviction. I’m a single mother and I’ve had times in my life where I was working three jobs to make ends meet. Like I said, with that said…the situation is sad…I truly hope the little ones will be ok.

Laval67 July 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM

TraumaRx – You don’t have the full story and are making a judgement. Who knows if the mother has a degree, and even if she does or doesn’t, she could’ve lost her job and depleted her savings. You don’t know what the situation is. The bottom line is that it’s sad when someone, out of desperation barricades herself and children in a home. I hope she can get some help and the kids can recover from this traumatic experience. And…I hope you never become desperate…

Missimee July 3, 2014 at 8:01 AM

From Zillow.com, it appears that a notice of default was entered in 10/2013, and from Sf.blockshopper.com, it was sold to Wells Fargo in April 2014. It appears that the home was worth more than the loan balances, and if the woman was the homeowner, the could have sold the house and moved on. If this was a tenant, they may not have known until recently the house was no longer owned by the landlord. That still doesn’t excuse the behavior. Obviously to evict, the family had to receive notice, etc. It is a sad outcome.

Connie Dobbs July 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

She must have had a nasty divorce.

lights and sirens July 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Wow trauma ex sure hope hard times never hit you!

Freckles July 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

“…there but for the grace of God, go I…” For those unable to translate, this means you might suffer the same fate, except you have had good fortune. Or if you believe in God, but for His mercy, that could be you. You have no idea what this person may have experienced. Everyone reacts differently when faced with extraordinarily stressful situations. Was barricading herself in the house a good choice? Clearly not. Clearly she was a very desperate mother, and maybe had no one close by to turn to for help – no family, no friends. Maybe too embarrassed to ask anyone for help or guidance. Maybe they were living beyond their means. Or maybe it was loss of a job in this family, crushing medical expenses, legal expenses, maybe the husband passed away or deserted the family. Who knows! YOU don’t know. Try showing some compassion. You think it could never happen to you? Well, it can.

me July 3, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Glad to hear that you chose the right career, aren’t struggling and don’t have any sympathy (apparently you lack empathy as well). Financial situations can change quickly- loss of job, loss of health of yourself or family member that requires full time care, etc.,. Try and see the bigger picture. I’m sure that even with your glorious life you could appreciate a bigger paycheck or more time off so that you could do other things in life that you enjoy.

@9TraumaRx July 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

i agree w/ 9TraumaRx. if you are SOL and not prepared, this is what happens. no sympathy to this lady.

@TraumaRx July 3, 2014 at 8:49 AM

anyone can have the rug pulled out from under them in a minute. Great job at major company for over 35 yrs. then you get very sick. Have to have surgery, company has a disability company take over your case, the perfect excuse to deny the surgery. Oh the paperwork is wrong, it timed out, Kaiser didn’t fill it out right, we didn’t get it. They give you a date to some back to work. Meanwhile you are not getting paid for months on end. You are sicker than a dog and finally have to decide have the surgery or go back to work. Lawyers won’t take the case, not enough money or time. They force you to retire or lose all your pension and medical benefits. Meanwhile you are going through your savings/401k. It’s can happen in a hot minute. Divorced Mother with terminal disease and two degrees. Pray it doesn’t happen to you. No job is safe.

Cody July 3, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Keep it classy Clayton!

Marissa July 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

This could happen to anyone, it’s life’s roads that take you where you need to go. Sometimes with a little help from a friend and/or love.

Anon July 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

there is no right career. If you think that then you are living in a dream world.

Doug July 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Complete overreaction! What were the charges, failure to answer a knocked door?

ME2 July 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

No TraumaRX is right. What i dont like is that the police are the sole agentceys to do these evictions. It sounds like Naz…oh well, what are we going to do about it.

RunDogRun July 3, 2014 at 9:48 AM

@9TraumaRx. Well, bully for you!

mojoduck July 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

230,000 new low paying part time jobs . All need is three of them.
No health care, no retirement , No sick time off , No vacation pay ,
Sounds like a great life .

@TraumaRx July 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

yup no sympathy. poor people need to learn how to be more prepared in life. a lifetime of impoverished thinking gets people into these types of situations.

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