Fresno woman catches suspected burglar in her living room

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One Central Fresno family thinking fast, bringing a suspected burglar in their house, to the ground.

Cell phone video showing a Fresno officer handcuffing the suspect in the backyard of a Tower District home, near Belmont and Broadway avenues, Monday morning around 5:30.

“When I opened the door from my bedroom, that’s when I saw a completely, stranger walking freely in my living room,” the young wife, who did not want to be identified, said.

The young mom quietly crept back to her bed.

“My heart started beating so fast, and I told my husband to wake up, because someone broke into the house.”

Her husband confronting the suspect, who tried to get out.

“Jumped out of the bed, and he chased him to the backyard,” the woman said.

The wife on the phone with police dispatchers, as her husband held the suspect down to the ground.

“We didn’t even know if it was only one guy, or if it was more than one.”

Police identifying the suspect as 26-year-old Adrian Zepeda, who they say was on probation for domestic violence.

“This could’ve been a lot worse, could’ve ended up with someone being hurt,” Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson said. “Homeowners waking up, finding someone in their house, you don’t happen, that doesn’t happen all the time.”

The family says, Zepeda didn’t take anything of value; $16 lying on a counter.

They say, he already had some clothing with him, still sitting in a pile, where he was arrested.

Now, they’ll be taking extra security measures.

“Especially in this area, Tower District, there’s a lot of crime lately, so we need to do something about it.”

The family thankful police responded so fast.

Police say it doesn’t always work out like this; they recommend being the best witness you can be, until officers can arrive.

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