AUSTIN EDITION Resident interrupts burglary, tackles one suspect

From staff reports

Austin police are crediting a 25-year-old man with apprehending a suspect who broke into his home early today.

The incident occurred shortly after 4 a.m. in the 700 block of Second Avenue Southwest, according to police Capt. Curt Rude. The victim woke up when he heard his unlocked screen door squeaking, according to police.

Rude said the homeowner put on his glasses, grabbed a 9-mm revolver and confronted two men rummaging through kitchen drawers. One suspect fled. The second complied when the resident told him to get down on the floor.

The resident told the suspect to crawl to the living room, Rude said. The suspect who had fled poked his head back in at the front door and yelled at the suspect on the floor, he said. The suspect on the floor ran, but the resident tackled him on the sidewalk and held him there until police arrived.


He denied entering the house and told officers he was taking a walk when a "crazy man" tackled him, according to police.

Rude said the suspect who got away is a dark-complected Hispanic man with short, straight black hair with a medium build and about 5-feet 10-inches tall. He was wearing dark clothes.

The suspect who was caught is expected to be charged with burglary, Rude said.

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