Would-be burglar in Colorado Springs tackled by soldier

By Monica Mendoza Published: October 1, 2013

A home burglar trying to make off with an Army rucksack in a garage was tackled by the sack’s owner — a soldier — held at gunpoint by a neighbor and then hogtied by the soldier before Colorado Springs police arrived.

The incident happened at 6 p.m. in the 3900 block of Leah Heights, in southeast Colorado Springs. Michael J. Wright, 35, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft.

Witnesses described the soldier as chasing the burglar, jumping on his back and then putting him in a headlock. A female neighbor held a gun on the burglar while the soldier tied him. When police arrived, they found other stolen items on the burglar, said Sgt. Jim Jeffcoat with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

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