Scottsdale homeowner catches, attacks burglar with shovel

Suspect Porras. (Photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

Samuel Facio Porras (Submitted photo)

Home burglary suspect Samuel Facio Porras, 53, was arrested after being caught, attacked by shovel and fleeing the scene on Thursday, April 23.

At 6:55 a.m. a homeowner arrived at his residence, in the 7500 east Thomas area, which is currently under renovation, to find a subject stealing construction equipment.

According to the Scottsdale Police Department when the homeowner arrived, he found suspect Samuel Facio Porras, 53, in the process of loading the victim’s property into a white pickup truck in the alley behind the house.

According to Scottsdale Police Department Sgt. Ben Hoster, the suspect was stealing about $1,400 worth of equipment including a compressor, a paint sprayer and a Sawzall saw.

The suspect then attempted to leave the scene, when the homeowner jumped into the back of the fleeing truck. Porras then began to drive recklessly in an attempt to throw the homeowner from the bed of the truck.

To stop the driver, the homeowner grabbed a shovel and smashed out the rear window of the pickup and began hitting Porras with the shovel.

Rear window broken during the suspect's flee. (Photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

Rear window broken during the suspect’s flee. (Photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

Next, Porras stopped the pickup in the area of Miller Road and Palm Lane, where the homeowner continued to scuffle with the suspect and ordered him to unload the stolen construction equipment according to the police department.

The suspect complied, unloading all of the stolen items onto the curb. An off-duty police employee witnessed the incident and alerted on-duty police officers. The suspect then attempted to flee in the pickup again.

The homeowner used the shovel to smash out the driver side window of the pickup before the suspect was able to get away.

Scottsdale police officers located the pickup truck at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads where the truck was stopped. Porras was arrested for burglary, criminal damage, endangerment and other charges.

Porras was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained in the incident prior to being booked into jail.

According to Sgt. Hoster, Porras does not have a prior arrest history and resides in Phoenix.

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