AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Police Department is commending the bravery of some citizens who detained a man who attempted to burglarize their neighbor’s car early this morning.
Around 2:30 a.m., officers were called to a home near Southwest 15th Avenue and South Washington.
According to police, a 27-year-old man and 27-year-old woman heard their neighbor’s dog barking and woke up to find two men breaking into the neighbor’s car.
The man and woman confronted the men, and one ran away.
The other man, identified as 17-year-old Sir Alek Jaeron Gonzalez, pulled out a knife that police say was stolen during an auto burglary.
The citizens called police and were able to detain Gonzalez until they arrived.
Police say Gonzalez had property that was taken during several auto burglaries in the area.
He was booked into the Potter County Detention Center.
Police say the citizens received minor injuries from trying to detain Gonzalez. While the Amarillo Police Department would never advise anyone to put themselves in harm’s way to detain a suspect, the department would like to commend the citizens for their bravery in this case.