LPD: Burglars chased out of home by victims, arrested - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

LPD: Burglars chased out of home by victims, arrested

Collin Williams, 25 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Collin Williams, 25 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Bryson Wilbanks, 18 (Source: Lubbock County Detention) Bryson Wilbanks, 18 (Source: Lubbock County Detention)

Two men are behind bars after they were caught stealing from a home in North Lubbock.

Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress just after 11 p.m. Monday night at a home in the 1200 block of North Quaker.

Victims told police that when they arrived home, they found two suspects inside. The home was ransacked and several items had been removed.

Some of the victims chased the suspects out of the home while another victim called police.

One victim caught and attempted to detain one of the suspects, but when the suspect gestured as if he were pulling out a gun, the victim let him go.

No one was injured.

The two suspects sped off in a white Ford pickup but were quickly spotted by police at 4th and Utica.

Police arrested Collin Williams, 25, of Harris, and Bryson Wilbanks, 18, of Idalou.

Both men are charged with burglary of a habitation, robbery and possession of prohibited weapons.

Eric Williams, an incoming junior at Texas Tech lives in the burglarized apartment. He was with his younger brother Chad Williams, a sophomore at Tech, and their mother who was in town helping the brothers move in.

The brothers say they were all coming back from grabbing ice cream when they drove up to the intruders inside of Eric’s apartment.

They say as Eric ran up the front steps, the burglars made a dash for the back door.

That’s when Eric called police and Chad ran around back, attempting to stop one of the suspects until that suspect pulled out brass knuckles.

"I just ran around the back the long way, to get them from behind because I knew they were running this way. And I got one of them but he reached in for a knife, or what I thought was a knife," Chad Williams said. 

"He (Eric) was on the phone with the police and the police told them to let him go and not follow them and everything. But, so I let him go and I told him, I was like you better hope the cops get to you before we do," Chad Williams said.

Police recovered most of the stolen items. 

Both brothers say they are happy everyone is safe and nothing worse happened. 

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