Cops: Homeowner fires weapon during burglary interruption
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune corespondent September 1, 2014 9:33PM
Updated: September 3, 2014 2:03AM
PORTAGE — A 19-year-old man allegedly brought a 41-year-old accomplice to break into a neighbor’s shed at about 12:26 a.m. Saturday. The victim, however, who had gotten out of bed for a glass of water, saw a flashlight through his kitchen window and ran outside with a handgun while his wife called police.
The 39-year-old resident of the 800 block of Camelot Manor fired one shot — he said it was an accident — during a struggle in which one of the burglars tore his shirt while trying to pull him to the ground. The younger suspect, however, said the man shot directly at the 41-year-old, but no one was hurt. Police did not find the spent shell casing, but they did find a folding knife in the road.
After being chased through several backyards of neighboring mobile homes, one of the suspects fled in a black Ford Explorer, which an officer stopped while on the way to the burglary scene, according to the police report.
Curtis Redmon, 19, and Michael Perez, 41, both of Portage, were arrested for felony burglary.