At approximately 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, a homeowner in north Eugene spotted a man breaking into his vehicle. The homeowner surprised the thief by running outside of his house and tackling him on the pavement along his driveway.
The home is located on Hyacinth Street in north Eugene. Hyacinth runs parallel to River Road, between Kingsbury and Carthage.
Brandy Castleberry was on a delivery route in the area, when she detected some motion from the Rexius pickup truck sitting in the driveway. As she passed the home, she saw the man who was in the truck jump out and begin running toward her.
Ms. Castleberry realized the homeowner was running behind the man from the vehicle. The homeowner tackled the suspect and sat on top of him. She could hear the conversation between the two men. The man who was in the truck begged to be set free. He claimed he was homeless and pleaded with the homeowner to release him, even offering money if he would let him up.
The homeowner pulled his phone from his pocket and immediately phoned police.
This story turned out well, however, it is not suggested that citizens tackle criminals.
Police responded immediately and made an arrest. Further details will follow later, as they come in.