PD: Phoenix man fights off home invader

Posted at 12:43 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 15:45:35-04

A man has been arrested after he broke into a Phoenix home.

Court records show that on April 16 a homeowner fought an intruder downstairs, upstairs and on the front patio of his home to protect a woman from being strangled.

Police say it was about 4 a.m. when 23-year-old Jerry Clyde Williams entered the home near 2nd Street and Dunlap Avenue. The victims say he broke a window near the front door and entered there.

The man who was sleeping on the downstairs couch heard the window break and grabbed a knife. Williams and the man fought on the couch, until the female victim ran upstairs and Williams ran after her. 

Police report that the homeowner chased him up the stairs, where they fought again, with Williams pushing the man through the closet door. The woman ran back downstairs with Williams pursuing her.

Police say that Williams caught up with her just outside the front door, where he allegedly choked the woman. The man came back down the stairs and managed free the woman from Williams.

While the two men were fighting the woman ran outside and contacted police.

As Police were coming to the home, Williams ran off and got into his car, but the woman directed police to him and he was arrested.

Williams is facing charges of aggravated assault, burglary and criminal damage.