Woman with gun confronts intruder, chases him out of Bartholomew County home
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. – Police in Bartholomew County arrested a man accused of breaking into a woman’s home and believe he may have tried to break into another home earlier in the day.
Around 2:50 p.m. Saturday, dispatchers received a 911 call from a homeowner in the 7000 block of 300 South. The woman said someone knocked on her front door and then shook the handle to see if it was locked. When she looked outside, she didn’t see anyone.
After she heard noises coming from the kitchen, she got her gun and walked into the room, where she found a man rummaging through a lunch bag. When the man saw her, he ran out of the home. The woman chased him but lost sight of him.
Shortly after that, Columbus Police Officer Jay Frederick saw a man walking north on 400 West and noted that he matched the description of the suspect. Frederick stopped the man, identified as Darrik Burton, 33, and took him into custody.
Burton was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of residential entry.
Detectives believe Burton also tried to break into a home on State Road 46 around 12:10 p.m. on the same day. In that case, police said the suspect tried to get in the back door but couldn’t because of a chain lock. The man ran off when the homeowner shouted that she had a gun.
Burton was being held on $257,500 bond.