Columbus man holds down break-in suspect until police arrive - WRBL

Columbus man holds down break-in suspect until police arrive

Posted: Updated:
Jason Baptiste, Courtesy: Muscogee County Jail Jason Baptiste, Courtesy: Muscogee County Jail

Some quick thinking from a Columbus man led to the arrest of a would-be home burglar.

Antonio Owens was checking on a friend’s house on Friday afternoon after his friend moved to Arizona. Owens’ promised his friend he would check up on the home on a weekly basis while it was going through the process of being sold.

Owens noticed something was wrong when he saw that the back door had been kicked in and glass was shattered everywhere. When he walked in, he saw a man inside the home. Police later identified the man as Jason Baptiste and charged him with 1st Degree Burglary.

Owens says Baptiste tried to run away once he was spotted, but Owens jumped on top of him and held him down. Owens says he was able to catch up Baptiste because he tripped on his saggy pants.

Owens held the man down for about 15 minutes until police came and arrested him. Owens sprained his shoulder while holding him down.

“It was true instincts, I just reacted it. I didn't think about it, I just reacted,” said Owens. “I work hard for everything I got and I know that everyone else does, so this is a situation where we have to work together as a community and I just wanted to make sure that this one person is not going to be on the street anymore.”

Owens says looking back, he's surprised by how he reacted; but after his home was broken into several weeks ago, he says he was tired of all the break-ins in the area.

“I felt like if I didn't stop this gentlemen, this is going to continue to go on,” said Owens.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, focuses on how your tax dollars are being spent.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:11:25 GMT
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
  • New Details: Columbus man dies after being run over by own car

    New Details: Columbus man dies after being run over by own car

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:46:27 GMT
    Flowers were left at the scene where 29-year-old Anthony Williams died early Sunday morning after police say he was run over by his car.The crash happened at Chase Homes on 1st Avenue. Many residents say they could hear the crash from inside their home.“You heard the loud boom and there was a crash, when I came over here he was just laying on the ground,” said Selena Ross.Police say initially they responded to a call late Saturday night about a pedestrian being run over by a car. After talkin...
    Flowers were left at the scene where 29-year-old Anthony Williams died early Sunday morning after police say he was run over by his car.The crash happened at Chase Homes on 1st Avenue. Many residents say they could hear the crash from inside their home.“You heard the loud boom and there was a crash, when I came over here he was just laying on the ground,” said Selena Ross.Police say initially they responded to a call late Saturday night about a pedestrian being run over by a car. After talkin...
  • PHOTOS: August 2014 Mugshots

    PHOTOS: August 2014 Mugshots

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:29:55 GMT
    Mugshots from across central Alabama from August 2014.
    Mugshots from across central Alabama from August 2014.
Watch Live Watch Live Religious services
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.