DECATUR – When a man who was visiting his child on North Graceland Avenue saw a young man leaning into a nearby parked vehicle, he was suspicious because he knew there had recently been burglaries in the area, and this man was not a resident of the house where the car was parked.

When the 34-year-old man confronted the suspect, he “acted like he was going to run, so he bear-hugged him and they struggled until they finally went to the ground,” said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Chad Louden.

As they struggled, the 34-year-old man called out for help, which brought two other men out from the residence about 8:30 p.m. March 12. The 34-year-old man asked one of the residents “to take control of the subject” because he was suffering from a prior leg injury.

When police arrived, officers found one of the residents “on top” of the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Jeterrio Reed, on the sidewalk and boulevard. One of the men told the officer that “he had just caught the suspect breaking into the vehicle.”

Reed was handcuffed at the scene and detained.

The owner of the vehicle told police she did not believe anything was missing. When officers found coins on the ground, she said there were some coins in her console, but she did not know how many.

Reed told police he was in the area to look for a pit bull belonging to his friend, who he knew by his street name. He did not supply police with the real name, address or phone number of his friend.

Reed was arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 bond. He was arraigned Tuesday on one felony count of burglary and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. He is due in court April 5 for his preliminary hearing.

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