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California homeowner severely beats suspected burglar with baseball bat

Posted at 12:55 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 12:55:21-04

TURLOCK, Calif. -- A suspected burglar was severely beaten with a baseball bat Sunday in Turlock.

The 33-year-old suspect entered a home with plans to burglarize the place and left in critical condition.

After the incident, neighbors told KTXL they are fed up with the near-constant break-ins.

"Commonplace where we do see a lot of people coming into the cars. We’ve been broken into twice," said neighbor Sheila Barrios.

Investigators said the homeowner armed himself with a baseball bat when he awoke, startled, to the stranger in his home. Then a fight unfolded.

"I think we’re all just tired of it and people are taking their actions into their own hands," Barrios said.

Officers said a female resident ran to a neighbor's house and called 911. The suspected burglar was left bloodied, bruised and fighting for his life.

Barrios said even with cameras and other security features, families have often been left to protect their own homes.

"Even then, we still get a lot of people coming through, looking into the cars," she said.

The name of the suspect has not been released and no arrests have been made.