Frightening video captures home invasion

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VISTA, Calif. – Frightening surveillance video captured a man who forced his way into a Vista home Sunday, threatened to kill the residents and drove off in their car with some of their belongings.

In the video, it appears the man forced his way into the home on Links Way through a sliding glass door.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, when the robber was confronted by the homeowner in the living room, the suspect threatened the man’s life. The homeowner then ran back into the bedroom and told his wife to call 911. She called for help and then ran outside screaming.

The suspect, who took a purse, wallet and electronics, then went into the garage and stole the couple’s Toyota Avalon. The man yelled several times that he was going to kill the couple before taking off in the stolen vehicle, authorities said.

Joe Colin Crowder, Jr., 60, was arrested Monday by Escondido police. He is in custody at the Vista Detention Facility with a $500,000 bail. His first court appearance will be October 28.

The stolen Avalon and some of the stolen items were later found on Mocha Court in Oceanside.