The Basin Report

Elderly Couple Survive Home Invasion

Fredericksburg, TX – A former resident of Midland and Odessa is recovering from a home invasion after an intruder broke into his home. The 19-year-old burglar was shot and killed after attacking one of the residents inside.

The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office identified the intruder as Cleto Neri Solorzano of Fredericksburg. The report says he began beating on the back door of the home at 12:45 a.m. The 73-year-old victim, Curtis Roys, woke up to the sound of the banging and went to his back patio to investigate. That’s when Solorzano broke through the door and began assaulting the older gentleman – first beating him with a blunt object and then placing him a choke hold and not letting go.

Deputies say Roys’ fiancée, 65-year-old Melody Lumpkin, pled several times for the aggressor to stop assaulting Roys, but the burglar did not comply. She then retrieved a handgun from the bedroom and fired a warning shot, but deputies said the intruder continued his assault. Once she saw Roys not moving, Lumpkin then reportedly fired another shot, striking the man in the head. Authorities were then notified through a 911 call.

Solorzano was taken to Hill Country Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Roys is expected to recover from his injuries, and Lumpkin isn’t facing any charges since police believe she was acting in self-defense and defense of her fiancée. The elderly couple are most likely both still alive today because Lumpkin was able to get to her gun. This self-defense situation could have had to a much more tragic conclusion if Lumpkin hadn’t acted so quickly and retrieved the pistol.

According to a GoFundMe page created for Cleto Neri by organizer Raul Prado states, “He (Solorzano) was hanging out at a gathering of friends on their property near Enchanted Rock State Park. Witnesses have said that Cleto was asking to leave when he got into an argument with a friend. The 19-year-old ran out of the party inebriated.”  Posts by his friends on Facebook suggest there were also hallucinogenic drugs at this party.

It is unclear if law enforcement is pursuing those that may have contributed to Solorzano’s mental state prior to the invasion and attempted murder of Roys.  It is possible those hosting the prior party were also in violation of the Governor’s coronavirus executive order concerning large gatherings, as well as contributing to someone under the legal drinking age of 21.

 

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