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'Bear mace' used in early morning Hornbrook home invasion

Skye Kinkade
Siskiyou Daily News

Two men were arrested after kicking down a Hornbrook man's door in the early morning hours on Dec. 27, spraying him with bear mace and kicking him while he was on the floor before he could escape out a window to safety.

Suspects Steven Charles Ferea, 47, of Castro Valley, and Corey Matthew Boatman, 31, of Stockton were later found in the area with a brand new cell phone, a chainsaw, a generator and several other items identified as stolen from the home, said the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, which is still investigating the crime.

Bear mace, or bear pepper spray, causes the membranes of the eyes, nose and lungs of a bear to swell, according to bearsmart.com, and the result is a nearly total, yet temporary, loss of sight and severe restriction of breathing.

Corey Matthew Boatman
Steven Charles Ferea

After spraying the victim and kicking him while he was on the floor, Ferea and Boatman were also overcome by the bear mace and stepped outdoors, the SCSO said.

While they were outside, the victim was able to escape through a window and get to safety, the SCSO reported. The suspects then re-entered the home and started taking items before leaving in a white, late '90s Ford pickup truck with a wood rack.

Responding deputies located the truck on Ager Road near York Road. With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, Ferea and Boatman were arrested and booked into Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka.

Although the victim believed the suspects were armed with a gun during the home invasion, no firearms were found inside their vehicle, said the SCSO.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for exposure to bear mace and a possible broken arm. They are expected to make a full recovery.

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As of Thursday, Jan. 7, Boatman is no longer listed as an inmate at the jail. According to Siskiyou County Court records, he is charged with robbery, burglary, and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.

Ferea is still an inmate, charged with transporting marijuana in a vehicle, receiving known stolen property in the amount of $950 or more, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, robbery, burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office by calling (530) 841-2900.

Skye Kinkade is the editor of the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News. She is a fourth generation Siskiyou County resident and has lived in Mount Shasta and Weed her entire life.