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Columbus man holds down break-in suspect until police arrive

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Jason Baptiste, Courtesy: Muscogee County Jail Jason Baptiste, Courtesy: Muscogee County Jail

Some quick thinking from a Columbus man led to the arrest of a would-be home burglar.

Antonio Owens was checking on a friend’s house on Friday afternoon after his friend moved to Arizona. Owens’ promised his friend he would check up on the home on a weekly basis while it was going through the process of being sold.

Owens noticed something was wrong when he saw that the back door had been kicked in and glass was shattered everywhere. When he walked in, he saw a man inside the home. Police later identified the man as Jason Baptiste and charged him with 1st Degree Burglary.

Owens says Baptiste tried to run away once he was spotted, but Owens jumped on top of him and held him down. Owens says he was able to catch up Baptiste because he tripped on his saggy pants.

Owens held the man down for about 15 minutes until police came and arrested him. Owens sprained his shoulder while holding him down.

“It was true instincts, I just reacted it. I didn't think about it, I just reacted,” said Owens. “I work hard for everything I got and I know that everyone else does, so this is a situation where we have to work together as a community and I just wanted to make sure that this one person is not going to be on the street anymore.”

Owens says looking back, he's surprised by how he reacted; but after his home was broken into several weeks ago, he says he was tired of all the break-ins in the area.

“I felt like if I didn't stop this gentlemen, this is going to continue to go on,” said Owens.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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