Homeowner Tries To Stop Burglar, Injured

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EUGENE, Ore. — The victim of a home invasion says he tried to stop the suspect, but instead suffered some bad injuries.

Tyler Smiderle says he and his boyfriend arrived at their home on Providence Street Sunday to find someone had broken inside. Both of the men saw the suspect inside their home with a pillow case full of stolen merchandise.

Smiderle says the suspect ran out the back door and into the neighbor’s yard. He says the suspect then was able to get in his car.

Smiderle says he tried putting his hand in the window of the suspect’s car to grab his bag while his boyfriend stood in front of the car.

“I was hanging in the window and he rolls on top of the hood and rolls off the cars. He just has minor scrapes and I rode like a hundred feet, almost to the mailbox.” said Smiderle.

Both of the men were taken to the hospital. Smiderle suffered a broken wrist and a fractured elbow.

EPD says the suspect is described as a white man, 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He also has short blonde hair and was wearing a white nylon hoodie and dark pants.


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  1. SAB says:

    So, it’s not a home invasion robbery if they weren’t home at the time the man broke into the house. They just interrupted his robbery, he ran, they ran after him and were injured in their attempt to stop him. Still, not a home invasion.

    1. Angela says:

      ^ ya got a point there ;)

  2. Angela says:

    a gun would have stopped a robber in his tracks….. you can best bet if i found someone robbing me they would have a pistol in their face! problem solved!

    1. maicaw says:

      Not so – the law is on the side of the fleeing burgalar is you shoot him -

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