Thursday, December 29, 2005

Suspected Burglar Falls Twice While Running From Homeowner

Centennial, Colo -- Arapahoe County authorities say a 22-year-old man suffered serious head injuries Wednesday morning when he tried to run away from homeowner with a gun.

Kris Gibson was taken to a hospital for treatment and then taken to jail.

Authorities say Gibson broke into a home at Olathe Street and East Maplewood Avenue at about 4:30 a.m.

The homeowner -- whose name hasn't been released -- said a noise woke him up and when he went to check it out, he saw someone downstairs. He grabbed his rifle and ran after the man.

"The suspect ran from the house. The homeowner pursued him outside the residence. The homeowner fired a shot into the ground in an attempt to keep the person here," said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

While trying to run away, the suspect fell twice. Gibson struck his head on the floor while running down the stairs in the house and fell again on an icy driveway outside the house. He left a bloody trail and was found lying down in a field a short distance away.

Gibson was treated and released from the hospital and jailed for investigation of burglary and theft charges.

The jewelry belonging to the family was found outside the home where Gibson was last seen trying to flee. The family was quite shaken up and terrified about the incident, authorities said.



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