Klamath Falls burglary suspect captured by victim

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, June 13 2014 at 3:22 PM, Updated: Fri, June 13 2014 at 5:20 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. - A Klamath Falls man takes matters into his own hands to catch a man suspected of burglarizing his home.

Robert Garrett found his home on Nile Street burglarized early Thursday morning...

"Just went into my house, and all my place was raided - all my guns were gone, my laptop."

Acting on a tip, Garrett says he was able to track down the suspect to a home on Kane Street.

That suspect was later identified as 23 year old Bradley Allen Hansen...who had recently gotten out of prison.

"And he drove by, and when he seen me, he took off."  Said Garrett.  "And we took off after him."

Garrett says the chase lasted nearly 20 minutes, and hit speeds of 60 miles an hour...

"I mean, he was running stop signs, whipping into traffic, flying through gas stations...it was pretty fun."

That pursuit eventually led them back to the house on Kane Street.

Garrett says the chase continued on foot...

"And he pulled my own gun on me.  Then I told him that he'd better shoot, because I was going to kill him.  And then he threw the gun down, and I detained him."

Sheriff's deputies arrested Hansen on charges including burglary, theft, menacing, and parole violation.

Police caution that Garrett's actions were extremely dangerous...your safest choice is to call 911 in the event of any emergency situation.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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