LANCASTER – Residents in an east Lancaster neighborhood took crime fighting into their own hands, Tuesday morning, when several neighbors captured and pinned down a suspected burglar until deputies arrived.
The alleged thief, 19-year-old Jaime Ramirez, was booked at the Lancaster Station for burglary, but not before receiving treatment for injuries at a local hospital. Ramirez told deputies he had been “socked in the face by a concerned citizen.”
The following is the press release from the Lancaster Station:
Around 8 a.m., Tuesday morning, Lancaster Sheriff’s Station received a report of Burglary in the 2100 block of Langhorn Ave in east Lancaster.
The caller reported that several neighbors were attempting to detain the suspect. When deputies arrived they found several people holding a male on the ground.
After taking custody of the male, the deputies learned that he had been seen burglarizing a nearby home. The deputies also learned that the home has been the target of several recent break-ins. The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Jaime Ramirez. Ramirez is currently on “Felony Probation” for grand theft after being convicted of stealing over 20 air conditioning units from several Lancaster homes last year.
When questioned about the burglary, Ramirez admitted that he was involved.
Based on his probationary status, deputies drove to his home where they located and recovered several items that had been stolen during the previous burglaries.
Ramirez also led the deputies to the home of a 15-year-old male who was also involved in the crimes. At that home, deputies located and recovered additional stolen items, and the 15-year-old was also arrested.
Prior to being booked at the Lancaster Station Jail, Ramirez was transported to a local Hospital where he received treatment for injuries he received while being detained by the residents. When asked about the injuries, Ramirez told the deputies “I was socked in the face by a concerned citizen.”
Lancaster Station Captain Bob Jonsen said, “I would like to thank all of the residents who helped capture this suspect.” He added, “We do not advocate citizens taking matters into their own hands, however, we do encourage them to be good witnesses for the responding deputies.”