Residents detain auto burglar suspect near downtown Amarillo


Good neighbors helped Amarillo Police catch a suspect auto burglar Wednesday morning.

Residents on the 1500 block of S. Ong St heard their neighbor’s dog barking and found two suspects going through their neighbor’s vehicle.

The residents confronted the suspects and one fled on foot while the other, 17-year-old Sir Alek Jaeron Gonzalez, pulled out a knife and threatened the residents.

The residents called the police and after a physical altercation, were able to detain Gonzalez until they arrived. Gonzalez was found in possession of property taken during several auto burglaries in the area. He was placed under arrest for robbery and booked into the Potter County Detention Center. 
The victims, in this case, received minor injuries from the altercation. 

Amarillo PD would never ask or advise anyone to put themselves in harm’s way to detain a suspect, but the Amarillo Police Department would like to commend the victims in this case for their bravery in stopping this suspect and helping to keep their neighborhood and our city safe. 
Remember to take all of your belongings out of your vehicle and lock your doors every night if you are going to leave it parked outside. Locking your doors is not a guarantee that you will not have anything stolen, but it will lower your chances. If nothing is left in the car then nothing can be stolen. 

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