Police: Medford homeowner held would-be burglar at gunpoint until officers arrived

Medford Police said that an east Medford man heard someone trying to get into his house and successfully halted the man until police arrived.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 9:26 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officers from the Medford Police Department arrested a would-be burglar in the early hours of Thursday morning after a homeowner successfully held the man at gunpoint until police arrived, according to the agency.

MPD said that a resident of east Medford woke up shortly after 3:30 a.m. to some odd noises. He got out of bed, retrieved his handgun, and went to investigate.

The homeowner found someone on his second-story roof, trying to get in through a window. He confronted the suspect at gunpoint and managed to hold him there until Medford Police arrived.

The suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Phillip DeLacruz, allegedly got into the home's secured backyard, got a ladder to climb onto the roof, then pried off a window screen before he was discovered.

DeLacruz was charged with Attempted Burglary I and Trespass. MPD said that the victim did not know DeLacruz.

"It is not clear why the suspect chose this particular residence, which was well secured," MPD said. "Please make sure your home is also well secured, in the rare case this happens to you, the suspect will be discovered before they actually make entry."

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