A Salt Lake County man was beaten Friday afternoon when he returned home and surprised two men who were burglarizing his house.
The victim, in his early 20s, arrived at his home in the 3900 block of Viewcrest Drive (4390 South) about 1:45 p.m. and surprised two men who were inside."When he attempted to leave to get help, they chased him and assaulted him," said Salt Lake County sheriff's detective Jeff Carr. The two burglars also rifled through the man's pockets looking for his wallet, but he was not carrying one.
Carr said the two suspects then ran away carrying pillow cases filled with jewelry, a VCR and other items. Additional items from the house had been gathered and placed in bags but were not taken, he said.
The victim chased after the two men until he could read the license plate of the car they left in. He called the sheriff's office and within three minutes, sheriff's Cpl. Mike Leary spotted the vehicle near 4500 S. Holladay Blvd. He chased them until their vehicle crashed near 4370 S. Highland Drive.
The two suspects then jumped out of the car and ran. Deputy Greg MacArthur caught one 20-year-old man and he was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated burglary and robbery. The second suspect is still at large.
Carr said most of the items from the burglary were recovered. The victim suffered head injuries during the assault and was treated and expected to be released from a local hospital.