PD: Phoenix resident defends home by using shovel to fight burglar

PD: Phoenix resident defends home by using shovel to fight burglar
Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 16:23:03-04

A burglar entered a west Phoenix home with a stolen shovel and was confronted by a resident, who took the suspect's shovel and hit him with it.

Phoenix police report that on September 30, they received several calls of a man wearing a lime green, long sleeved shirt trying to burglarize homes in the area of 91st Avenue and Thomas Road.

Police who were searching the area were flagged down by a woman who told them a man with a shovel was upstairs in her home attacking her boyfriend.

Police entered the house, went upstairs where they found two men holding down the suspected burglar. 

The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Hector Bustamante, then reportedly told police that he had consumed twelve 16-ounce cans of beer and needed money to pay bills, so he attempted to burglarize several homes.

After stealing a shovel from one backyard, he found a house with the garage door slightly opened. He entered the home and found several people sleeping downstairs. He walked past them, went upstairs and was confronted by a man.

He told police that he went after him with the shovel, but was tackled by the resident. Bustamante said the resident and another man took the shovel away from him, striking him with it several times. They then held him there until police arrived.

He has been charged with burglary and aggravated assault.