Man uses guitar to stop burglar

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A Wasilla homeowner used a guitar to chase off a burglary suspect found stacking the man's possessions at his home.

Alaska State Troopers just before 2 p.m. Thursday took a call of a burglary occurring near Hyer Spur.

The homeowner told officers he saw a light blue pickup backed up to his front door. The homeowner went inside and saw a man stacking items by the front door.

The homeowner grabbed a guitar and struck the man. The suspect fought back, punched the homeowner in the face and fled.

Then a light blue pickup was spotted near Mile 4 Knik-Goose Bay Road. A Palmer police officer working with troopers on traffic enforcement tried to stop the pickup but the driver continued on.

The pickup driver lost control of his vehicle at the end of Clapp Road and ran off on foot.

Wasilla and Palmer police plus troopers using a dog tracked the suspect through deep snow and found him hiding in woods.

Daniel Bailey, 20, was taken into custody and identified as the pickup driver and the burglary suspect.

Investigators said they have linked him to a burglary Tuesday at a Wasilla home in which a trailer and other items were stolen.

Bailey was charged with two counts of burglary and theft, three counts of criminal mischief, drug misconduct, car theft, felony failure to stop, and assault.

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