This week, a local menace to the good people of El Paso was apprehended by our outstanding protectors at the El Paso Police Department.  According to an EPPD statement, "A 28-year old man was arrested yesterday after committing a series of crimes in a Westside neighborhood."

The statement goes on to describe the criminal's Modus Operandi for stealing cars.

"At 12:30 p.m., a man parked his truck in his driveway at 6900 block of Granero, leaving his keys in the ignition. Minutes later, the truck owner witnessed his vehicle being driven away from his residence."

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Photo by Brendan Beale on Unsplash
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If you read the title of this article and thought this convict was pursued and chased down by police, THINK AGAIN. This guy was tailed by the person he just robbed.

"The owner borrowed a truck from another man where the theft occurred and followed his vehicle. A chase ensued during which the driver in the stolen truck rammed into the vehicle, following him. The pursuit came to an end at a retirement home on Belvidere, where the offender, later identified as 28- year old Samuel David Demeo, fled into a nearby neighborhood."

The chase didn't stop there.  Apparently, this criminal mastermind was able to evade his civilian pursuer on foot after he ran into a nearby neighborhood. Then, he encountered some resistance.

"The offender continued his crime spree by entering another unlocked car parked in a driveway at the 7100 block of Grahn Vida, where he stole property from the car. Demeo then exited the vehicle and broke into the residence, where he encountered an 81-year old resident’s caretaker."

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

It couldn't get any more "COPS" than the next part ladies and gentlemen. So it looks like El Paso Police Department officers actually had to chase this guy on foot through several people's BACKYARDS.

"Demeo fled after that; however responding officers chased Demeo across several backyards and apprehended him at the 600 block of Bristol after a brief struggle. Demeo was booked into the El Paso County Detention."

At least there was a happy ending where the bad guy DIDN'T get away.

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