Woman helps police catch burglary suspect

March 4, 2013 1:16:53 PM PST
A Cary woman is credited with helping police catch a burglar who is half her age and more than a foot taller.

Police say the 50-year-old woman came home mid-morning on Friday. When she went inside, she got the feeling something wasn't right. That's when she noticed that the sliding glass door on the side of her house had been pried open.

According to police, as the woman called 911 and began to back out the front door, the burglar came down the steps, grabbed the phone and pushed her to the ground. The woman was still able to give police a good description of the suspect and his car and all but one letter on the license plate.

Investigators said they soon pulled over 25-year-old Dijon Blackmon. He told them he's a former high school and college basketball player. At six-foot-four, he's more than a foot taller than the five-foot-three woman who lives in the townhouse.

Police said the incident almost got violent.

"[He] pushed her to the ground and she stayed down.  He goes to get in the car.  He was going to drive away and she goes to stand up," said Cary Police Capt. Don Hamilton. "And something in her standing up must have threatened him because he gets out with a tire iron and says, you know, 'What are you doing?  Do I have to kill you?' or something to that effect.  And, luckily, she stayed down and didn't do anything and got a good description and he, and he left."

Police said Blackmon has a long criminal history including many breaking and entering charges. Blackmon was released from prison almost two years ago to the day from the burglary he's now accused of.

He's being held in the Wake County Jail.

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