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California man confronts burglary suspect at neighbor’s house


Police identified the suspect in a Walnut Creek, Calif., burglary as as 51-year-old James Murdaugh. (WALNUT CREEK POLICE)

Like a good neighbor, Ahmad Jodeh is there.

The Walnut Creek, Calif., man was hailed a hero Tuesday after police say he confronted a burglary suspect leaving a neighbor’s house with a bag filled with jewelry.

Jodeh told that he tackled the suspect, who tried to use a Taser. A struggle ensued and Jodeh, who had been napping, said he managed to get the Taser away from the suspect, but was stabbed in the leg with a screwdriver.

Despite an injured leg, Jodeh was able to subdue the suspect, who was later identified by police as 51-year-old James Murdaugh. Murdaugh had been on parole for burglary, the report said. He now likely faces charges for residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, the report said.

“The way I measure it is, I hope somebody would do that for me,” he told the station. The neighbor reportedly thanked Jodeh.

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