Police Arrest Burglar Who Fought With Homeowner

Suspect in Thursday night incident fought with the homeowner and police in the backyard before being subdued by San Leandro police.


A homeowner received minor injuries in his own backyard Thursday night when he grappled with a burglary suspect who resisted arrest even after a pair of San Leandro police arrived to arrest him.

The scary incident began at 8:10 pm Thursday when police were notified that a burglary had just occurred in the 400 block of Breed Avenue.

By the time officers arrived the suspect had already fled.

While canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses, the officer heard shattering glass and a woman's scream several houses away.

Two officers converged on the house and found the resident struggling with the suspect in the backyard.

The officers attempted to handcuff the suspect, but police say he resisted and attempted to bite them.

More officers arrived but the suspect continued to fight and at one point kicked an officer in the head, causing a minor injury, police said.

Officers finally subdued the man after a struggle that lasted four and a half minutes and involved the use of non-lethal force. 

The victim received superficial injuries to his hands, arms and face.

The suspect received minor injuries. He was arrested for burglary, battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest and booked into Santa Rita Jail after being treated for his injuries. 

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information should contact Detective Jeff Walton at 510-577-3234, or remain anonymous and text-a-tip to 847411. 

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David January 02, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Why ban guns but not swimming pools? Leah's fallacy: Post hoc, ergo proctor hoc.
Leah Hall January 02, 2013 at 08:43 PM
To clarify: Here is the Coalition of Principles signed by every mayor who has joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition: Whereas: 30,000 Americans across the country are killed every year as a result of gun violence, destroying families and communities in big cities and small towns; and Whereas: As Mayors, we are duty-bound to do everything in our power to protect our residents, especially our children, from harm and there is no greater threat to public safety than the threat of illegal guns; Now, therefore, we resolve to work together to find innovative new ways to advance the following principles: Punish - to the maximum extent of the law - criminals who possess, use, and traffic in illegal guns. Target and hold accountable irresponsible gun dealers who break the law by knowingly selling guns to straw purchasers. Oppose all federal efforts to restrict cities' right to access, use, and share trace data that is so essential to effective enforcement, or to interfere with the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to combat illegal gun trafficking. Keep lethal, military-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines off our streets. (continued)
Leah Hall January 02, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Work to develop and use technologies that aid in the detection and tracing of illegal guns. Support all local state and federal legislation that targets illegal guns; coordinate legislative, enforcement, and litigation strategies; and share information and best practices. Invite other cities to join us in this new national effort. http://mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/principles.shtml
david January 02, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Sort of makes me wonder when Christmas Break is going to end so I can get back to my lab and my classes and generate more reports like these from my students: http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=244357
Tom Abate January 02, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I have removed some comments from a reader whose name was used to post remarks not made by the individual. I have removed a couple of comments that referred to these unauthorized remarks, and closed off further comment on this story.


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