Man stops burglar suspect with ax

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A man used an ax to stop a burglar suspect from leaving Thursday until law enforcement could arrive.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department, in a statement Thursday to FOX6 News, said it received a 911 call Thursday morning advising them of a burglary in progress on Hillcrest School Road. When deputies arrived a few minutes later, they discovered a man holding the suspect, Donald Earl Martin, at bay with an ax. Martin, 29, of Tuscaloosa, was in his vehicle.

Investigators arrested Martin and charged him with two counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglar's tools.

"Without the assistance of the public who reported this Burglary in Progress, our deputies could not have made this arrest in just 4 minutes," Sheriff Ted Sexton said in the statement. "When interviewed by investigators, Martin stated he was released from prison in February on Robbery and other Felony charges dating back to 2004.  These are the kinds of partnerships with the citizens we serve that will continue to make Tuscaloosa County a safer place to live."

Martin was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail. He was being held on $45,000 bond.

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