Homeowner subdues burglar until police arrive - abc27 WHTM

Homeowner subdues burglar until police arrive

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An unknown van in the driveway and strange footsteps upstairs greeted Kevin Baker when he came home for lunch around noon on Monday.

With red flags all around his residence on the 800 block of Lexington Place, Baker told abc27 he spotted an intruder briskly walking though his kitchen, trying to cover his face. Baker confronted the man and blocked the door.

"I reacted. I yelled 'hey who are you?" Baker said.

Baker said the man halted.

"I said, 'you need to sit down in this chair, there is no one else in this house but you and you're not supposed to be here,'" Baker told abc27.

So Baker, an Army veteran, grabbed the phone and dialed 911. That's when Baker says the man decided to make a move, tackling Baker to apparently get out of the house.

"When he hit me the switch went off. I changed gears. I totally was a different person. I am no longer now communicating, I am no longer working with you....feet and fists starting flying in every direction," Baker said.

The fight concluded when Baker put the man in a choke hold, and subdued him until the police arrived minutes later.

Robert W. Dierich, 44, of Camp Hill, was arrested and charged with burglary, robbery, simple assault and theft, according to Fairview Township police.

Property from the home was later found in Dierich's van, police said.

He was placed in the York County Prison on $20,000 bail.

Baker says he forgives Dierich.

"I am a forgiving man," he said.


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