Van Buren police arrested a suspect Wednesday after he allegedly broke into a man’s house, passed out on a couch, then assaulted the resident.
Dispatch received a 911 call about 8 p.m. Wednesday of a man who allegedly broke into a residence in the 1100 block of Northview Street in Van Buren. The homeowner had arrived at his home and found a male suspect passed out on the couch with several of his belongings missing from the living room, according to a news release from detective Jonathan Wear of the Van Buren Police Department.
The homeowner called 911 to report the burglary. When he did, the suspect, believed to be 23-year-old Bryan Kevin Anderson, allegedly punched the homeowner in the face, the release states.
The homeowner pinned Anderson to the floor and held him until police arrived, according to the release.
Investigators believe Anderson kicked in the back door and took numerous items from the residence. Anderson allegedly hid the items in the bushes behind the home before passing out on the couch, the release states.
"Anderson was intoxicated, and it is believed that he was intending to load the items into a vehicle later," Wear stated in the release.
EMS treated Anderson at the scene and released him to patrol officers. He was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center on suspicion of residential burglary, aggravated robbery, interference with emergency communications and felony theft of property, according to the release.
Police believe a second person was involved in the suspected burglary, the release states.
"Prior to the robbery, the suspects were driving around the neighborhood knocking on doors asking homeowners if they wanted to purchase meat," Wear stated.
Investigators believe Anderson was knocking on doors while the other suspect was following him driving a white 1999 Lexus four-door passenger car. Police found the Lexus at Anderson’s residence in Van Buren; however, the suspected driver was not there and has not been located, the release states.
Witnesses also reported seeing a small white Toyota pickup in front and a PT Cruiser behind the residence where the suspected burglary took place, although police are unsure if those vehicles were involved in the incident, according to the release.
Anyone with information about the suspected burglary or the second suspect is asked to call the Van Buren Police Department at (479) 474-1234.