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By DENNIS HUSPENI THE GAZETTE Updated: April 24, 2005 at 12:00 am
A Colorado Springs man broke part of his foot and got stabbed in the other leg as he chased a burglar early Friday. John Moor, 28, couldn’t hold the burglar until police arrived, but he did recover his roommate’s purse for her.
“It was a pretty crazy night,” Moor said Saturday. Moor was sitting on the roof of a garage, northwest of Dublin and Powers boulevards, taking a smoke break about 2:30 a.m. Friday when the garage light tripped on. At first he thought the motion was one of his roommates, but then noticed someone leave the garage in a hooded sweatshirt and carrying his roommate’s purse. He slid off the roof — trying to hold on to the gutter — hit the ground and started sprinting barefoot after the suspect. Moor said he caught up to the burglar as the man was getting into his car, then Moor put him in a headlock and screamed for his roommates to help. “All of a sudden, my leg went numb and I let him go,” Moor said. “It all happened so fast.” He thought he’d been hit with a Taser, and only later saw blood coming from his calf when he pulled up his pant leg. Doctors discovered he had fractured his heel while jumping off the roof. He was home Saturday, though limping around. But he had managed to wrangle the purse from the suspect, and got the license plate number of the burglar’s car. Since the plate was from a stolen car, it didn’t help officers track the suspect. Neighbors had reported other garage burglaries in recent days, Moor said. “I’m more concerned about the neighborhood and just wanted people to know this guy is out there,” he said. Moor said he didn’t think twice about chasing down the thief. “I’m from Detroit, dude. You don’t let no one walk up on your turf and walk away with your stuff.” “Sounds like he did a really good job trying to get this suspect,” said Lt. Michael Grys of the Colorado Springs Police Department. Moor described the suspect as a white male with short, brown hair, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 165 pounds. He drove a maroon, or dark red, Honda Civic hatchback, which now is missing a left rear window. Moor’s male roommate smashed it as the suspect drove away. Anyone with information should call police at 444-7000.
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