Man Caught Watching Porn After Burglarizing Van Nuys Home Business, Family Says

In a bizarre incident that was partially captured on surveillance video, a man who broke into and burglarized a Van Nuys home business stopped to watch pornography on a computer inside, the family told KTLA on Tuesday.

The intruder apparently entered the location through a hole and slipped into the hair extension business through a vent Monday night, said Lisa and Steve Mirizzi, who own the business and live in an apartment upstairs.

"Last night, I came downstairs to make some tea and I saw him at the computer sitting, watching porn," Lisa Mirizzi recalled.

A man is seen going through a Van Nuys home business he broke into just before he was caught watching porn on the home computer, the family who lives there told KTLA on Feb. 13, 2018. (Credit: Mirizzi Family)

A man is seen going through a Van Nuys home business he broke into just before he was caught watching porn on the home computer, the family who lives there told KTLA on Feb. 13, 2018. (Credit: Mirizzi Family)

She immediately screamed, and her son and husband came rushing down the stairs. Steve Mirizzi, Lisa's husband, said he and the son came running toward the man from different directions, chasing him down.

The man tried escaping through one door, but soon realized he couldn't -- the door had a padlock on it. Moments later, as he attempted again to flee, the couple's son managed to stop the man.

Giovanni Mirizzi told KTLA that he "decked him, picked him up and body-slammed him."

Surveillance footage taken in the business showed the man apparently smoking, stealing some cash and even charging his phone at one point.

"It almost felt like a dream because it’s like, 'Is this really happening?'" Lisa Mirizzi said.

Police were called to the scene and the man was taken into custody, they said.

The suspect was identified as Alan Estrada, a 28-year-old man whom the Los Angeles Police Department described as a transient, the L.A. Daily News reported. He was booked into Van Nuys jail about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and was being held without bail.

The family said their stolen cash and credit cards have been returned, making the whole situation easier to look back on.

"We could laugh about it," Steve Mirizzi said, chuckling.