Walnut Creek police arrested a suspected burglar allegedly caught in the act Monday – but he didn’t go easily.
Officers responding to a reported disturbance at the Boulders Apartment complex, 500 Civic Drive, at 7:23 p.m. arrived minutes later and detained James Murdaugh, a 51-year-old parolee, after a neighbor told officers he’d caught Murdaugh burglarizing an apartment in the complex. Officers determined that a struggle ensued during which Murdaugh allegedly stabbed the neighbor in the leg with a screwdriver. A passerby happened upon the scene and called police.
. Officers arrived within minutes and detained the suspect, James Murdaugh. Through the course of the officer’s investigation, it was determined that the suspect had just committed a residential burglary and when trying to flee the victim residence was confronted by a neighbor. The citizen was able to physically subdue the suspect until officers arrived and took him into custody. During the altercation, the suspect stabbed the citizen in the leg with a screwdriver. A passerby came upon the scene and called 911.
The citizen suffered minor injuries and declined medical treatment at the scene, according to police. The victims of the residential burglary were not at home at the time of burglary.
Murdaugh, who is on parole for burglary, was arrested and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for medical treatment prior to being booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and parole violation.