Beating up the burglar: Former boxer takes down crook before deputies arrive
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Tucson homeowner could hear trouble outside. A man rummaging through cars, lurking by windows, ringing the doorbell non-stop.
"I was scared for my wife and kids," said the burglary victim.
But then that fear turned into action, when he heard the burglar tear down his window screen.
"He was aggressive," he said. "I knew he wanted to get inside the house."
So the man did what few homeowners would do, he walked out and came face to face with 21-year-old Caesar Chavez. The burglar lunged at the homeowner. He had no choice but to fight. Three to four punches later and the crook was down.
"He tried to fight me," said the victim."He even kicked me once."
The struggled on the ground. The crook got one good kick in and left behind a small scratch. But this was a one sided fight with a former Mexican boxer. Chavez ended up with scratches bumps and bruises all over his face.
"It was all self-defense," said the victim.
Deputies arrived four minutes later, but the hard part was over.
"Deputies congratulated me," says the man. "Even asked me how I did it."
His answer: instinct. And now thanks to that, Chavez faces burglary and auto theft charges.