Leonard Post burglary suspect arrested on Harlem Road

Cheektowaga Police officers arrest a burglary suspect at the corner of Walden Terrace and Harlem Road on June 29, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police officers arrest a burglary suspect at the corner of Walden Terrace and Harlem Road on June 29, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A burglary suspect was taken into custody by Cheektowaga Police after trying to escape a manhunt by both police officers and neighborhood men Thursday evening.

The man, who was not wearing shoes or pants at the time of his arrest, was cuffed at the corner of Harlem Road and Walden Terrace around 6:20 p.m.

Several eyewitnesses told Cheektowaga Chronicle that the man broke into a home on the 100 block of Leonard Post Drive.  The homeowner confronted the subject, and the man took off through the backyard hopping a fence.

A Chopin Place resident named Shaun saw a police car on his street and describes to Cheektowaga Chronicle what happened next.

“This kid that they just got, was on a roof over there (on Leonard Post) so he hops off and starts running down here (on Harlem Road).  I chase him out onto Walden, and then he cut back in here (Walden Terrace), and he was climbing on top of cars and on top of roofs,” said Shaun.

Police officers who started to chase the man on foot with Shaun began to set up a perimeter.

“They just had this whole perimeter done, and then he came running out, and another guy who had seen him over there just grabbed him and tackled him, and the cops came over to him and cuffed him,” continued Shaun.

Cheektowaga Police attend to a suspected burglary on Leonard Post Drive on June 29, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police attend to a suspected burglary on Leonard Post Drive on June 29, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Several officers were seen at the alleged burglarized home on Leonard Post Drive talking with the homeowner.  The Chronicle also observed officers at a nearby home on the corner of Leonard Post and Chopin Place. The house appeared to have a broken gutter and window.

Police officers were still investigating the incident and could not comment on charges or the identity of the subject at the time of publication Thursday night.