Homeowner Chases Down, Tackles Burglary Suspect

Spartanburg County Homeowner Stops Burglary Suspect

A Spartanburg County homeowner chased down a man suspected of burglarizing his home.

A Spartanburg man was arrested after the owner of the home he was allegedly burglarizing chased him down, tackled and subdued him until deputies arrived.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. Friday night on Riverview Street. According to an incident report obtained from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the home after receiving a call about a breaking and entering. When they arrived at the scene, the homeowner told them that he had returned home and noticed a man, identified as James Daniel Bailey, 40, of Converse, in his garage port behind his house. When he went to confront Bailey, the man stated that Bailey ran toward the front of the house and he began to chase him. The homeowner said that he managed to tackle Bailey and held him down while his brother-in-law called police.

During the struggle, the report states that Bailey punched the homeowner several times and begged him not to call police. After taking Bailey into custody, deputies said they went to the car port and noticed that several items, including a drill set, some fishing rods, a hatchet and a six-pack of coca cola had been tossed over a fence . Upon further inspection, the homeowner told deputies that several of the items, except for the hatchet and a fire poker, had came from inside his house. When they went to look inside the home, the report states that deputies found the door to the man’s home had been pried open and had been damaged.

While inspecting the house for further damage or stolen items, the report adds that deputies searched Bailey and found several knives in his possession, all of which were later determined to belong to the homeowner. Deputies arrested Bailey and charged him with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, assault and battery third-degree and petit larceny.

Bailey is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.


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