A good neighbor lets you borrow some sugar. A great neighbor chases down the guy who breaks into your home.
People in Woodland’s Wild Wings subdivision used their belts and a two-by-four to take down one suspected burglar Wednesday afternoon, getting stun-gunned and stabbed in the process.
Derek Lewis was out on the Wild Wings golf course practicing instead of working a regular shift in the pro shop, when he suddenly saw something much more challenging than a sand trap.
“A guy just kind of walked through, yelling at a car and I was like, ‘that was kinda weird,’ you know,” said Lewis.
But that wouldn’t be the half of it.
“After that a guy came out with a piece of wood in his hand and was like, ‘hey this guy, he just robbed a house,’ and I was like, ‘whoa,’” he said.
As the white sedan carrying two other suspected thieves sped off from their target home on Mallard Drive, Lewis and that angry neighbor took off in a golf cart.
They found the burglar deputies say is 21-year-old Royce Allen Johannes, just as two other Wild Wings neighbors drove up to him.
“We came to a stop and this guy like jumped out and just took the guy out with a piece of wood and hit him in the leg. The guys pulled over and pulled off their belts, wrapped his feet up and his arms up,” Lewis said.
As they wrestled him on the ground, waiting for deputies, one neighbor was hit with a stun gun.
Another neighbor was cut with a knife.
“After all the commotion we realized the guy was bleeding from his back,” he said.
This young father’s .5 handicap didn’t prepare him for that kind of action on the course, but he’s happy he was in a position to be a good Samaritan.
“I just felt like it was the right thing to do; spontaneous combustion. Just kinda go at it, said Lewis.
A schoolgirl returning from class heard the burglars inside her Mallard Drive home and started flagging down people on the street.
She was not hurt and with the investigation ongoing, her family didn’t want to discuss the incident.
The man allegedly stabbed by Johannes was not seriously injured.
Johannes is facing several charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary.
He was on post-release community supervision when he was arrested Wednesday.
Investigators are still looking for the two burglars who Yolo County deputies say drove off, leaving him at the scene.
Surveillance cameras posted at the gates of the Wild Wings subdivision record all traffic in the area, so they may have captured an image of the thieves’ sedan.