Suspect arrested in connection with 4S Ranch burglary

SAN DIEGO - A suspect was taken into custody in 4S Ranch on Wednesday with the assistance of a sheriff's department dog after he ran from a home he was burglarizing.

Deputies were called to Holly Leaf Court around 4:30 p.m. where a 12-year-old boy called authorities when an unknown man began pounding on a front door, said Sgt. Jim Cady of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department 4S Ranch substation.

"There was this guy with a makeshift box, which was open," the boy told 10News. "He didn't have a UPS shirt or anything like that."

He added, "I kept on watching him and … for probably a couple minutes he was ringing and knocking … I heard what sounded like glass breaking, so I went into my brother's bathroom and locked the door and called 911."

The suspect then entered the house through a rear window and deputies showed up and found his car in the rear of the residence, Cady said.

When deputies confronted the suspect, he fled. A perimeter was set up and the man was taken into custody in the 9500 block of Lavender Star Drive.

"He did get bit. One of the sheriff's K-9s located the suspect hiding under very, very thick brush," said Cady.

The man was taken to a hospital to be treated for dog bites. 

The 12-year-old positively identified the man he saw in his house.

"I got this ... I was not scared at all," he said. "I'm just happy he's in jail."

Cady added, "He's a very brave and heroic kid, especially for a 12 year old, he kept his wits about him. He did exactly what he should have done."

The suspect's name is not being released because of the ongoing investigation. It is believed he may have been involved in a string of burglaries, Cady said.

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