PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A suspected teen burglar in Pasco took on the wrong opponent in a foot chase.
Kim Robison didn't stop to think when her sister pointed at an intruder wearing a black, hooded jacket jumping from the second floor of her home and fleeing down the sidewalk Monday. Instead, the 29-year-old mother of two just ran after him.
Robison has run a couple of half-marathons, she said, “but I'd always lost my momentum in the winter.”
Not this year. She set a goal this winter of running 1,000 miles, which means she has to run about 19 miles each week.
“If he hadn't had a little jump on me, I think I would've caught up with him,” she said.
Robison ran four miles Monday morning, then went to lunch with her sister and their young children, only to return home for a coupon.
Robison went through the garage to get into the house, but froze when she discovered shards of glass on the laundry room floor. She backed out of the garage, hollering at her sister to corral the kids in the car.
“I asked her, 'Should I go inside?'” Robison said. “She told me, 'No, call your husband.'”
But Robison couldn't resist taking a peek through a window on the other corner of the house first.
As she came back around toward the garage, her sister yelled, “There he is!”
An intruder had broken out a screen from the second-floor window, jumped off the roof and was now darting down the sidewalk. When Robison first saw him, he was about four houses away.
She took off after the suspect.
“I was running after him like a crazy woman,” she said, laughing. “I was yelling at him, 'I see you! I'm going to get you!'”
Robison ended the chase when the intruder turned away from the neighborhood street onto a secluded path, then stopped to dial 911 as her sister had done minutes earlier. She told the emergency dispatcher the suspect's location, and police made an arrest while she was still on the phone.
Police have not identified the suspect, who is a minor.
As the adrenaline was wearing off Monday afternoon, Robison said she surprised herself during and after the chase.
“I thought I'd be scared or maybe cry,” she said. “But I'm proud that I defended my home.”
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com