Alleged thief in Brazil trapped, killed by falling window as he escapes from abandoned house

SAO PAULO (AP) — A would-be thief escaping from an abandoned house in Brazil where there was nothing to steal died after a window slammed down on top of him, trapping and eventually asphyxiating him.

Inspector Fernanda Rangel says that scratches and other marks on a wall next to the window indicate the intruder struggled to free himself but failed. Rangel says she does not know how soon he died after becoming trapped. Investigators have not yet identified him, but believe he was about 30 years old and that his body was in the window frame for at least four days.

Rangel says that the corpse was discovered Tuesday by the house's owner, who had arrived to store some personal belongings.