A burglar who pulled of some “acrobatic moves” to rob a Venice home early this morning was arrested about an hour after the crime was committed.
The suspect, from Maine with a criminal record in Connecticut and Rhode Island, allegedly scaled a wall, climbed onto a roof and pulled off some “acrobatic moves” to enter a home in the 800 block of Vernon Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Monday, said Lt. Jeff Bert of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The suspect took a laptop, but was unable to make a quick getaway because of double locks on the doors, Bert said.
The suspect was confronted by witnesses, who disarmed him and took his I.D., before officers caught him hiding under a pile of clothes at a nearby house.
At least two guests who were in the courtyard noticed the stranger and detained him by placing him in a full nelson wrestling hold.
“These people were not going to be victimized,” Bert said.
The man tried to slash the guests with a knife, but was eventually disarmed.
Before letting him go, the guests took his wallet so they could identify him to police, Bert said.
He was found an hour later hiding under a pile of clothes in the closet of a home three blocks away.
The LAPD is investigating whether the suspect received help in the burglary.
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