Roomies Foil Beer-Seeking Burglar

Fight breaks out in Chicago apartment
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 31, 2011 1:01 PM CDT
A burglar broke into an apartment looking for beer.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A burglar broke into a Chicago apartment looking for some beer; instead, he got a kick in the groin and criminal charges for his trouble. Early Saturday, Timothy Snyder, 36, allegedly banged on an apartment door, burst in, and went straight for the refrigerator, the Chicago Tribune reports. He hadn’t counted on one of the apartment’s two residents being awake. The roommate told Snyder to leave, and police say Snyder punched him in the chin.

That prompted a fight, waking the other roommate, who grabbed the would-be beer thief by the neck. The two residents managed to take control of the situation, calling 911. But then Snyder “gets back up and starts going at it,” says one of the residents. “I grabbed his neck and pinned him to the wall and at that point he grabs my back and I feel like I got scratched by keys.” The fight ended when he kicked Snyder in the groin. The burglar received home invasion and aggravated battery charges, while the wounded roommate got 28 staples and 25 stitches.

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