Corpus Christi, Texas

From KRIS of December 1, 2007

Neighbors Chase, Draw Gun on Intruders

A drunken man was arrested Friday night after going on a crime spree while riding his bike near Oso Bay.

Police said the man first held up a group of kids at a Flour Bluff apartment complex with a knife.

Then, one of the kid’s relatives followed the man to a Paul Jones neighborhood and tried to chase him out of two homes.

The romp ended with a gunshot.

Before then, Carol Wright was hanging Christmas lights outside when two men suddenly ran around the side of her house.

Wright said a 24-year-old man “pushed me against the wall, went in the house, closed and dead-bolted the door. I heard the lock.”

Police said the man who pushed his way into Wright’s home was running from another man after an attempted stabbing at the Wharf Apartments.

Officers said the man was drunk when he rode his bike up to a group of kids there.

“They were out playing in the park,” said Capt. John Houston of the Corpus Christi Police Department. “He then pulled out what they describe as looking like a machete or large knife. The guy threatened him. He swung at one of the kids, allegedly.”

A couple of the kids ran into an uncle’s apartment nearby. The uncle, in turn, chased the drunken man to Wright’s home off of Paul Jones.

The man bolted out of that home and barged into a couple’s home next door.

“They ran to the front door to keep him from coming in,” Houston said. “He started yelling that there was people trying to kill him and that they had guns. They called 911.”

The homeowner eventually got the other man out of his home. But by that time, the kids’ uncle was pounding on his front door.

The homeowner fired a shotgun into the air to get them both off of his property.

Police later arrested the drunken bicycle rider.

After watching the ordeal play out, Wright was not quick to get back to her Christmas decorating.

“I’ve decided,” Wright said, “my lights are going up in the morning.”

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