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Burglar Tackled, Sat On By Woman Til Cops Arrived

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LITTLE HAVANA (CBSMiami) – An alleged burglar sought by police was apparently apprehended by a couple in Little Havana, after a husband and wife sprang into action.

"I was trying to park the car and I see the bike and my husband says, 'oh they're trying to steal my bike,'" said Elizabeth Barragan.

But it wasn't the bicycle the man was reportedly after.

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According to Barragan, she was on her way home from work early Thursday morning when she saw a thief breaking into the pickup truck she uses for her cleaning business. Inside were cleaning supplies, tools, and fishing equipment.

"You're mad because it's your stuff. Scared. Fear. You just want to punch him down," said Barragan.

They didn't punch him, but her husband took down the man in front of their home on Southwest 12th Street.

"My husband tackled him and he (alleged robber) was saying, 'please! I'm sorry! I'm not stealing anything," said Barragan.

And as the two men struggled on the ground, Barragan told CBS4's Natalia Zea she decided to jump into the fray.

"I'm 200 pounds. I had to do something. I sat on him. I literally, his back was like this and my behind - I sat on him. And when I sat on him my husband could grab him more and then the neighbor came."

"They (police) said they were looking for this guy stealing from cars. We got him!" said Barragan.

Police have not released the suspect's name because the investigation is still ongoing. They have not confirmed the belief that the suspect is linked to other break-ins in that area.

Barragan's next door neighbor, Yordani Alfonso, whose cameras caught the thief riding up to the truck on his bicycle, says thieves strike all the time.

"They come every month every week and they just steal. They stole my step-dad's ladders," he told Zea.


Barragan had a message for any other would-be crooks.


"If there's more, we're here. We'll tackle you down. Call 9-1-1," she said.


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