Editor's Note: The following is a first person perspective of what Patch contributor David Newell witnessed at his home in Long Beach.
Suspected burglar Antwoine Haywood, 41, is currently being held on $50,000 bail after an alleged botched burglary attempt Saturday evening.
Imagine watching a TV show then hearing what you think are footsteps in the dead leaves on your patio. You open the door and there he is, with that deer in headlights look on his face.
Long Beach police officer Rudy Garcia took the call and was there within a minute.
As we spoke, other officers in the area contacted Officer Garcia to say they had a suspect in custody a short distance away.
We traveled a few blocks to E. Broadway and an alley near Elm Avenue where I was able to positively identify the suspect.
Mr. Haywood was also found to be carrying bolt cutters and other tools on him at the time he was taken into custody at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday evening.
With all the stories we hear about homes, cars and businesses being burglarized and the rise in bicycle thefts, it is great to see how quickly and professionally Long Beach's finest react.