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Victims robbed by neighbor, who they tripped on the way out

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Posted at 3:50 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 15:52:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Police Department arrested two suspects in an attempted burglary, in part thanks to the victim’s quick reaction.

The victim called police when they heard thieves breaking and entering their home in the 2100 block of Afton Avenue, around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25.

Three officers quickly arrived on scene, and as Officers Crystal Nuckols and Tanner Braaten approached the front door, one of the suspects sprinted outside.

The victim’s fiancé attempted to stop him by tripping him, which slowed him down.

Two officers pursued the suspect into a nearby apartment where he was taken into custody. Officer Nuckols held the second suspect at the crime scene without incident.

The victims identified the subject who fled as Paul R. Moore, 22, of the 2200 block of Afton Avenue. The second suspect was a juvenile male. Both were charged with burglary.

The suspects gained entry into the apartment through a window. A black bag containing various electronics was abandoned in the front hallway.

“We like to keep the public informed about quick arrests – and there can be no faster work than suspects being arrested at the scene,” Second Precinct Commander Michael Snawder said. “Our officers take pride in safeguarding this city and their swift response is crucial to taking offenders off the streets.