Man in pajamas foils suspected bike theft
Friday, February 10, 2012
A possible would-be bike thief was taken into custody early Friday after a man who was wearing nothing but pajama pants detained him outside his apartment in Vancouver's Ogden neighborhood.
David Austin, 52, was sitting in a lounge chair in his living room watching TV when he heard clicking noises coming from his patio. He looked out the window and saw a guy jumping on a bike.
Austin, who had no shirt or shoes, ran down the street after the man he suspected was a thief, pushed him off the bike and wrestled him to the ground.
“You want to know the funny part?” Austin said. “He (the man on the bike) had a helmet on.”
Vancouver police showed up a few minutes later and took the man into custody. His name was not immediately available.
Austin has a few scrapes and bruises from wrestling with the man on the ground.
“I’ve got quite a few Band-Aids on me,” he said.
He said he sprang into action without thinking because he has had a few bikes stolen off his porch before and was “just sick of it.”