TEMPE, AZ — A family dog detained a home invasion suspect that injured his owner.
Tempe police report that on April 28 about 5:30 a.m. a woman heard banging on the door of her home near McClintock Drive and Southern Avenue. When she opened the door a man, later identified as 25-year-old Erich Paul Manion, shoved his way into the home knocking her over.
The woman's dog barked and growled at Manion, forcing him to stay on the living room couch until police arrived.
Manion allegedly told police that he was trying to get away from people who were chasing him.
He also allegedly admitted to recently using meth and drinking several beers.
Police determined that his story about being chased was "completely fictional."
Manion has been charged with assault and criminal trespassing.