Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013
Homeowner vs Alleged Burglar
MAKANDA - Early Monday morning a family in Makanda woke up to discover a man rummaging through their house.
Darius Williams-Wright, 18, is now behind bars on burglary and trespassing charges. The homeowners fought with Wright and detained him until police arrived.
The Moon's have been victims of theft before, but this time they took matters into their own hands, tackling and trapping Wright until authorities arrived on scene. According to the Moon's, Wright was determined to escape.
It all started 1:15 Monday night with the sound of a door chime.
"I was checking the doors and popped out in my garage and I saw a kid in my wife's car... and I just went after him. When I saw it, it just sparked a fire in me and I wanted to defend my house and my family," says home owner Joey Moon.
Moon says a masked man was pilfering through belongings in the Moon's cars and garage when he was caught in the act. The brawl started in the garage.
"We struggled and fought. It felt like a long time," he says.
The chase went into the house when Wright broke loose. "Luckily he turned the wrong way and went to a dead end hallway and I was able to pin him in our laundry room," says Moon.
He says the teen, forty pounds larger than him, never stopped fighting.
"I didn't know what to do; I didn't want to let him out because I didn't want to fight him anymore. I was tired of fighting," he says.
Moon says he wanted to keep the intruder away from his daughter and wife. After 20 minutes police arrived.
Moon credits his home security system for helping to catch the intruder.
"You never think it's going to happen to you. You see it on the news all the time and you never think it's going to be you," says Moon.
Monday afternoon Wright made his first court appearance on felony charges. His bond is set at $25-thousand.
Wright's vehicle was found just down the road from the Moon's driveway with a blown out tire, and he says he was looking for a phone charger so he could call for help.
The Moons, however, say his mask and gloves suggest he was up to no good.
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