A man was put in handcuffs after jumping out of a second-story window in Encinitas Ranch on February 1. Many neighbors came out of their homes to watch as several police and sheriff’s deputies pulled into their community on a sunny Friday afternoon.
The shirtless man, who looked to be in his 20s, seemed to be distressed and crying. The window he jumped from was in a halfway house, according to the man’s substance-abuse counselor, who showed up across the street to talk to the officers. She told authorities that the man had called her and said he was drunk. She yelled the man’s name and told him everything would be okay.
A couple of neighbors told me that they knew there was a halfway house on Cypress Hills Drive, where the incident took place. Other neighbors said they had no idea this kind of establishment was right next to their homes and expressed concern about it in relation to recent crimes in the area.
A resident told me there have been five or six robberies in the past two weeks. Another resident told me their home was broken into a few days before Christmas, and they had $50,000 worth of property stolen.
When I called N.N. Jaeschke, Inc., the property-management company for the neighborhood, a representative said there would be a homeowners’ association meeting regarding this issue on February 11.