Neighbor tackles would-be robber before police arrive

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Police arrested a Paragould man after a neighbor reportedly caught him trying to break into a house.

According to court documents, officers responded to a break-in in progress in the 600-block of Bogil Road Friday.

A neighbor called the police and said she saw a man trying to get into the house by lifting a garage door.

The man then reportedly walked around the house and the caller said she heard what sounded like someone trying to kick a door open and then heard breaking glass.

When officers arrived, they found a neighbor holding Jason Wayne Irwin down on the ground.

Irwin told officers that his cousin lived at the house and he was just trying to wake him up.

Police found a broken window at the back of the house as well as a broken windowpane on the back door and scratches on the back door glass.

There were also pry marks where someone had attempted to use a tool to pry the door open near the deadbolt.

Several screens were removed from the windowpane.

There was a chisel lying on the ground near where Irwin was tackled.

The neighbor that tackled him had a small cut on his elbow that came from the chisel.

Officers called the homeowner who was out of town at the time. He said he did not know Irwin and he had no business being at his house.

Police arrested Irwin and charged him with a felony for conduct constituting attempt and a misdemeanor for criminal mischief.

He was given a $100,000 bond.

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