Neighbors tackle fleeing burglary suspect, help deputies make arrest

Jermaine Kendrick arrested on charges of grand theft

By Mark Lehman - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - A 40-year-old burglary suspect was arrested Monday afternoon, thanks to the help of two alert neighbors who helped deputies and tackled the man.

The burglary happened around 1:30 p.m. at a home in the Village Green Estates subdivision in Orlando.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a home on High Grove Way after a burglary alarm was triggered.

Deputies said they saw a man fleeing from the home, but he continued running after he was commanded to stop.

A deputy ran after the man through the neighborhood for nearly a mile until the two were spotted by a pair of neighbors standing outside.

"Probably about half way up the road I heard somebody yelling for help," said the neighbor, who didn't want to use his name. "Then I turn around, and I see a green SUV yelling, 'Help, Help! Stop that guy,'"

The two neighbors said they joined the chase after hearing the deputy's plea for help.

"We just said, 'I've got to help this guy out. He's screaming for help,'" said the neighbor.

The Sheriff's Office said the man they were chasing was Jermaine Kendrick, who's been arrested over 20 times since 1991.

Both men caught up to Kendrick and tackled him near the intersection of Willowwood Street and Lamplighter Way, according to deputies.

Kendrick was arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft and resisting arrest.

Meanwhile, the neighbors said if asked, they'd do it again.

"I'm grateful I was able to help," said the neighbor. "Like the officer said, he could've got away through here and maybe he wouldn't be able to catch him."

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