Burglar caught and knocked out by homeowner, Austin police say

Click here to view this article on the Statesman – March 9, 2017

A burglar broke into a Northeast Austin home attempting to rob it, but was instead caught and knocked unconscious by the homeowner, according to an arrest affidavit.

According to the document, 47-year-old Raul Aveja-Luviano entered the residence at the 1400 block of Berkshire Drive Thursday morning around 3:30 a.m. The homeowner told Austin police officers he heard his dog barking in the backyard and saw his shed, which had been robbed a week ago, wide open.

The homeowner said he saw Aveja come out of the shed and take off running. He chased Aveja and caught him three houses down, knocking him unconscious after a fight, the affidavit said.

Police said several items from the shed were found in a basket next to Ajeva, including a $300 paint sprayer and smaller items. A heat gun, a wheel barrow and a road bike were also removed from the shed, the affidavit said.

Aveja was charged with burglary. He was in Travis County Jail Thursday night.

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