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Burglar arrested after being captured by homeowner

Police car is photographed in Norfolk, Va., (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot/TNS)
October 13, 2023

A suspect was arrested last Friday in Waite Park, Minnesota, after he was interrupted by two different homeowners during two burglary attempts, leading to his ultimate capture.

According to KNSI Radio, the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Dylan Nyatenya Okoth from St. Cloud, Minnesota, was arrested late Friday night after he was interrupted by homeowners during two different break-in attempts.

KNSI Radio reported that the police were notified Friday at roughly 10:20 p.m. after the suspect attempted to break into a home located in the 200 block on 11th Avenue. The owner of the home told police that he had been upstairs when he was startled by a man banging on his house. When the owner ran down to the first floor, he found the suspect attempting to break into his screen door.

The owner of the home reportedly told the suspect that he had a gun and ordered him to leave; however, when the suspect refused to leave, the owner of the house approached him and used the butt of his gun to hit the suspect in his face, after which, the suspect fled from the house.

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As part of the Waite Park Police Department’s investigation, the police were notified that a man matching the same description of the suspect was in the process of attempting a burglary at a house located only a block away from the first house in the 100 block of 11th Avenue North, according to WJON.

The homeowner told police he had captured an intruder in his living room after the suspect broke though a glass door to enter his home. The homeowner had been upstairs before his dog barked, warning him of the intruder. After the homeowner went downstairs, he saw the suspect with multiple pieces of his property, valued at roughly $120.

The homeowner reportedly spoke with the suspect after he captured him and took a picture of the suspect’s identification that was found in his wallet.

During the police department’s investigation, the policer were also notified by a nearby Kwik Trip convenience store that a man matching the suspect’s description had previously been involved in an incident at the store, refusing to leave the store.

After Okoth was arrested by the police, he was transported to Stearns County Jail. Okoth has been charged with two counts of felony 1st-degree burglary, one count of misdemeanor possession of a false driver’s license, and one count of misdemeanor 4th degree criminal damage to property. Okoth’s bail was set at $75,000.