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March 4, 2014

Homeowner helps cops nab suspect

'I tried to hold him as long as I could,' man tells deputies

A burglary suspect eluded an irate homeowner and, briefly, a Howard County Sheriff deputy, before being taken into custody early Saturday morning.

Deputies were called to a home in the 2400 block of South County Road 300 East shortly after 4 a.m. on a report of a burglary in progress, HCSD Capt. Jerry Asher reported.

The first deputy on scene found an “out of breath” homeowner who promptly informed the deputy, “I tried to hold on to him as long as I could.”

At that point, the deputy saw brake lights in the distance and moved in that direction to see if he could locate the suspect’s vehicle.

Asher said the deputy saw a black Geo Tracker in the neighbor’s driveway, but didn’t see a driver.

The deputy drove around the area, spotting the Tracker moving down the road a few minutes later, this time with someone behind the wheel.

“It sounds like the guy was hiding inside the vehicle,” Asher said.

Deputies pulled over the Tracker, and the driver, Kenneth Young, 31, 700 block of South Purdum Street, was wearing clothing matching the description given by the homeowner, Asher said.

The homeowner, who said his garage had been broken into, had also previously told officers the suspect’s name was Kenneth L. Young, Asher added.

Young was also wanted on a warrant for petition to revoke his bond on a previous charge of residential entry.

Deputies added new charges of burglary and operating while intoxicated, after determining Young had a blood-alcohol content of .15, according to a portable breath test.

Young was being held at the Howard County jail Monday with bond amounts of $15,000, 10 percent allowed, and $500 cash, respectively, for his two outstanding cases.

Scott Smith is on Twitter @JasonSSmith1 and can be emailed at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com

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