A man who entered two Lakewood homes, taking a nap in one of them, was arrested after neighbors rallied to alert the police, who sent officers and helicopters, neighbors say.

The man first entered a home near Gaston Avenue and Cambria Boulevard around 8 a.m. Thursday, Lakewood Neighborhood Association President Ryan Boyd says. He heard around that time that a man had pushed the homeowner out of the way to enter her home. The homeowner could not be reached for comment.

The man ran out the back alley and headed west. As he was fleeing, another neighbor chased him, allowing him to describe the man to the police, Boyd says.

Officers responded to a burglary of a home on the 6400 block of Richmond Avenue around 11 a.m., they say. When they arrived, they found the suspect and took him into custody. Because the police reports haven’t been completed, details are limited.

But Boyd says the woman cleaning the house found him sleeping in one of the beds. Neighbors saw a police helicopter flying over the area during the incident, Boyd says.

A notification was sent to Lakewood homeowners reminding them to lock their doors and gates and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

We’ll update the story when we learn more.


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