Sheriff's Deputies' Bag Burglar
Sheriff's Deputies' Extract Burglar from
On July 18, 2004 shortly after
midnight, Sheriff's Dispatcher Capozzi received a call from the A.D.T. Alarm
Company reporting an active residential Burglar alarm at 88 South Harvey Road in
rural Clark Township, about three miles east of Greenwood. Veteran Reserve
Sheriff's Deputy Doug Underwood and his rider Reserve Deputy Jacobs responded to
the home. As they checked the exterior, Underwood found a
broken window. Deputies' Underwood and Jacobs formed a
perimeter around the home and summonsed more assistance. Minutes later,
the two Reserve Deputy's were joined by Sheriff's Canine Handler Travis Derrett,
Sergeant Joe Clark, Deputy Bill Jackson, and two Whiteland Police Officer's.
While Reserve Deputy Underwood was standing by the window, a man suddenly began
attempting to climb out of the glass-shattered opening. Underwood drew his
Glock 9-mm duty weapon and ordered the man to stop; The suspect fled back into
the residence, and began running to each side of the house looking out the
windows. At each window - much to his dismay - he was greeted by a
Sheriff's Deputy who was preventing his escape. The man was repeatedly
ordered to surrender but he refused. Instead, he hid inside the house.
Sheriff's Canine Handler Travis Derrett, his partner, and Shift
Supervisor/Sergeant Joe Clark found another unsecured window and
went inside the home to apprehend the intruder. Deputy Derrett's canine
cleared the basement and main floor while Sergeant Joe Clark mentioned hearing
noises in the attic. Sergeant Clark alerted the units outside the home
that he felt the suspect was inside the attic and to monitor the roof area.
Sergeant Clark and Deputy Derrett did not know if the suspect was armed.
Since Residential Burglary is a Class B Felony punishable by up to 20 years in
prison, this felon did not have a lot to lose - except his freedom.
Sergeant Clark and Deputy Derrett climbed up to the attic access and carefully peered
around. They saw a shoe protruding from a lump of insulation in the back
of the attic. Sergeant Clark looked more closely and could see the lump of
insulation rising and falling every time the suspect took a breath. The
Deputy's fearlessly continued in their pursuit of this felon and ordered him
again to surrender. Realizing that he had nowhere else to hide, the man
surrendered and was led outside of the attic by Clark and Derrett. The
34-year old suspect, Gregory Vasquez Jr. of Indianapolis, was interviewed by
Detective Sergeant Bob Sexton and was subsequently arrested and charged with
Class B Felony Residential Burglary. He was being held at the Johnson
County Jail on $20,000 bond. Besides the damaged window that the suspect
broke to enter the home, the interior of the house had been ransacked. The good response of Reserve Deputy's
Underwood and Jacobs, combined with the courageous acts of Sergeant Clark and
Deputy Derrett, coupled with the Deputy's and Whiteland Police on the perimeter,
this Burglar's days of stealing are done - for a very, very long time.
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