LOGAN SQUARE — A longtime Logan Square resident had a burglar scrambling Sunday afternoon when he confronted the man with a handgun.
The confrontation, which was captured on surveillance tape, shows the burglar rummaging through the victim's vehicle for 25 seconds before bolting for cover.
David Ocon said he had parked the unlocked family car in his driveway about 15 minutes before the burglar approached. Ocon's kitchen window overlooks the driveway, and his son spotted the man while eating lunch Sunday afternoon.
"My kid tells me, 'There's someone in your car,'" Ocon said.
Ocon said he immediately went to his safe, grabbed his handgun, and when he made it to his door, the burglar was still in the vehicle.
"I went to chase him. I tripped down the stairs barefoot," Ocon said. "I had my concealed-carry. I pointed at him and he ran."
When the burglar sees the gun in the video, he bolts for his bike, which he had set up for a getaway at the edge of the driveway.
"He looked like he was almost flying out of the car," Ocon said.
By the time Ocon got to the end of the driveway, the burglar had peeled off, Ocon said.
Paul Biasco says Ocon had seen the suspect in the neighborhood before:
Ocon said he did not plan to shoot: "It was just in case," he said. "I wasn't going to shoot. I knew he was a young guy."
"I just want to make sure our neighbors are aware," Ocon said. "I'm not holding a grudge or anything. This is broad daylight at 3 p.m., and he just did not care. He was 30 feet from us, and we were eating lunch."
The man stole a debit card, Nintendo DS and a military-grade knife from the car.
Ocon said his home had been burglarized in September and after that he installed the security cameras that captured Sunday's crime.
Ocon said before the burglary he has seen the suspect riding the bike around the neighborhood.
"I've been here for 30-something years," he said. "I've seen it at its worst, and now I see it at its best. The community is changing."
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