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Neighbor helps police nab burglary suspect


A Lubbock home was the target of burglars, Monday afternoon. Police say two suspect broke into a home in the 3800 block of 31st street and tried to take off with items inside. However, one thing they didn't count on, was a quick thinking neighbor who saw the whole thing happen, and then chased them down.

During a break at work, Jamie Casarez ran home to check on his dogs, Monday afternoon. However, he noticed something suspicious. He says he saw two men in the doorway of his neighbor's apartment.

"The suspects came out and yelled 'hurry up' so the other guy came out with the TV, said 'why, what's wrong?' As soon as they saw me, they jumped in a Suburban and took off," Casarez, said.

Police say one of those suspects was Antonio Garcia. Casarez didn't waste any time. He hopped into his car and chased the men.

"That's when I started following them. I went down Memphis, north and started driving around Covenant, and they were trying to lose me, so I just kept following them," Casarez said.

Casarez drove after the men for three miles, down the Marsha Sharp Freeway, onto Slide Road and down to 24th Street. They crashed through a yard, and into a tree. Casarez jumped out of his work van and chased the men down. He was able to catch up to Garcia, but the other suspect got away.

"I caught up to one of the suspects and that's where I actually tripped them and then when I tripped him, I kicked him and started punching him," Casarez said.

Casarez says he's glad he did what he did, but he knows it was risky.

"I don't know, I guess quick thinking. Right place, right time. I know it's kind of crazy, what I did, but, I wasn't just going to let him get away," Casarez said.

Casarez says he has installed cameras into his own home to prevent burglars from breaking into his own home. Meantime, police are still looking for the second suspect in his neighbors burglary.

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