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A burglary suspect allegedly broke into an occupied home in San Leandro and struggled with police Thursday while trying to escape arrest, police said today. Police began searching for the suspect Thursday night after a burglary was reported on the 400 block of Breed Avenue around 8:10 p.m., according to Lt. Luis Torres. The suspect had already fled when police arrived, so officers began canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses. As they did, they heard glass shatter and the sound of a woman screaming several houses down, Torres said.
A 911 call was also made reporting a burglary in progress. Officers went the house and found the suspect, a 22-year-old male from Castro Valley, and the resident, engaged in a struggle in the backyard. When officers attempted to restrain the suspect, he allegedly fought back violently, attempted to bite them and kicked one officer in the head during the struggle, Torres said.
Officers were eventually able to restrain him after a struggle that lasted about 4-and-a-half minutes using “less than lethal means,” Torres said. The victim suffered superficial injuries to his hands, arms and face. The suspect received minor injuries. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of burglary, battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest. Anyone with information on this incident or suspect is asked to call Detective Jeff Walton at (510) 577-3234.
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