Citizens chase, detain suspect until police arrive for arrest

August 26, 2009 by ten8


Published: Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 5:02 p.m

From StarNewsOnline

Citizens chased and detained a man until he was arrested Friday after police say he was discovered rummaging through the electrical box at a vacant home recently damaged by fire.

The man was discovered just before 2 p.m. Friday stripping copper wiring from inside the residence at 1842 Carolina Beach Road. The house was unoccupied and undergoing repairs after a recent fire, according to spokeswoman Lucy Crockett of the Wilmington Police Department.

A worker returning to the home to continue repairs discovered the intruder, chased and stopped the man near Greenfield Lake with the help of witnesses. They held the man on the ground until officers arrived, Crockett said.

Alonzo Austin, 51, was charged with felony forced breaking and entering, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools. He is being held at the New Hanover County jail on secured bail of $1,100.

– Chelsea Kellner

Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: