Biting Burglar Beaten

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 4:17pm

Man tries to bite his way to freedom after being tackled by car owners.

A would-be car burglar got caught in the act and tried to bite his way to freedom late Saturday evening in Cape Coral, Florida.

The three victims involved in the string of burglaries all approached the suspect after they saw someone going through their cars according to the police report.

Authorities say Raul Perez came outside to grab his cellular phone out of his truck to find the suspect digging around with a flashlight.

When Perez asked what he was doing in his car, the suspect allegedly punched him in the nose.

Perez held onto the suspect until his friends came outside to help him.

The police report says the suspect said "Don't call the police! I won't do it again!" while he was being held down.

The victims went through the suspect's pockets and allegedly found items taken from all of their cars.

Authorities say when the victims asked if he had someone helping him, he allegedly knocked one of the victims to the ground.

Victim Ricardo Sanchez says that's when the suspect bit him on the leg.

"He was trying to fight me. One time he threw me over, then I got him again and that's when he got me in the leg," Sanchez said.

The police arrived shortly thereafter.

The suspect was taken to Cape Coral Hospital where he is being treated for multiple injuries, including what police say was a fractured skull.

The items taken from the vehicles were valued at $843.

Cape Police Officer Gerry Moll says the break-in could have easily been prevented.

"The residents have to be more diligent, make sure they lock up and have the valuables taken out of their vehicles and not in sight," he said.

The suspect is still hospitalized and has not been formally charged yet, so police have not released his name.

The suspect will be formally charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor battery once he is released from Lee Memorial Hospital, where he is being observed for a hairline fracture to the skull.

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