Updated:ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —
Two Orange County men chased after and caught a suspected burglar who deputies said is connected to several other crimes in the Williamsburg area.
The alleged burglar and two other people, who were found down the street, were arrested. According to investigators, the trio is linked to seven other crimes in the area.
Deputies said they were caught when resident Ronnie Johnson stumbled upon 25-year-old Travis Hendrix rummaging through Johnson's relative's pickup truck.
"I was getting ready to go to work. I approached the truck and I see somebody in the truck," Johnson said. "I get him out and I'm like, 'Who are you? Why are you in this truck?'"
Johnson said Hendrix started handing back items he had already stolen before trying to flee.
"He takes off his flip-flops and he tries to bolt for it," Johnson said.
But Johnson, who is a Marine, wasn't about to let the would-be burglar get away.
"I clothes-lined him, he goes down and then my brother-in-law comes," Johnson said.
Johnson's brother-in-law, Gregory Willis, realized what was going on and quickly jumped into action.
"I just sat on top of him. He's like crying, saying, 'Let me go,' and I'm like, 'No, we're going to sit here until the sun comes up,'" Willis said. "I mean, it was a little embarrassing because I was in my underwear."
Orange County deputies arrived and said they found Roberto Rivera and Brittany O'Neal waiting nearby in a stolen vehicle. Investigators said heroin was found in the car.
All three suspects are facing a slew of charges and were booked into the Orange County Jail.