Tulsa neighbor uses baseball bat to hold suspect at bay

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police say they were called out to a burglary Monday morning, only to find a neighbor holding the suspect off with a baseball bat until officers arrived.

Officers say a neighbor of the victim was waiting for them near 21st and Utica holding back the man later identified as Combs Whitaker.

They say the man alerted his neighbor after he saw two people walk north on Troost and then down the driveway to the back of the victim’s house, which was under renovation.

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The victim told officers he looked over his back fence and saw two men trying to pry open a window. He says he began filming over the fence before running to the front of the house to confront the second burglar. He said that suspect ran off though and he wasn’t able to keep up.

Neighbors also said it appeared someone was squatting in the home, as there was a sleeping bag left inside with some trash.

Tulsa police say the video the homeowner took was good and will help in identifying the second suspect. They plan to release the video once it is entered into evidence to see if anyone recognizes the man.

Whitaker was arrested for a felony, 2nd degree attempted burglary, and two misdemeanors, possession of meth and meth paraphernalia.