Trial ordered for man accused of breaking into 4S Ranch home while boy was home alone

SAN DIEGO - A man charged with 11 residential burglaries, including a break-in at a home in 4S Ranch while a 12-year-old boy was home alone, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on 18 counts.

Duane Edward Herrmann, 43, faces up to 370 years to life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Cherie Somerville.

Following a two-day preliminary hearing, Judge Jeffrey Fraser found that enough evidence was presented for Herrmann to stand trial for the burglaries, including a Feb. 12 break-in at a home in the 17200 block of Holly Leaf Court.

Herrmann allegedly broke a window to enter the residence around 4:10 p.m. The 12-year-old boy, who was home alone, called 911 and deputies arrived in time to confront the intruder, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. James Cady.

Deputies chased the suspect briefly before losing sight of him.

Cady said that after an exhaustive search of the area, a service dog found Herrmann hiding the backyard of a home in the 9500 block of Lavender Star Drive. He was arrested without further incident and taken to an area hospital for treatment of dog bite injuries.

The boy was not injured.

Herrmann will be back in court May 8 for arraignment.

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