A man reportedly intent on stealing items from a garage got more than he bargained for in a gated community in south Colorado Springs on Monday evening. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers arrived on the scene shortly after 6:00 PM and found 35-year-old transient, Michael Wright, being restrained by citizens.
It was reported to the officers that Wright had entered the open garage of one of the homes and began stealing things, including a military rucksack. The owner of the home, identified by the Colorado Springs Gazette as a soldier, caught Wright in the act of stealing his belongings and tackled him. The soldier then placed the transient in what police described as an "MMA type hold" that was "much like a monkey on his back."
According to the Gazette, a woman who lived nearby then held Wright at gunpoint while the soldier hogtied him. The police could not confirm that the man was held at gunpoint by a woman, though this information was mentioned in their report. "Very minor" injuries were sustained in the incident and Wright was arrested on burglary and related charges, the police stated.
The state of Colorado, with CRS 16-3-201, allows an arrest to be made by a private citizen if a person has committed or is committing a crime in the presence of the individual who is making the arrest.