Anaheim Hills Homeowner Shoots Masked Burglar; Suspect Taken Into Custody

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An Anaheim Hills homeowner shot and injured an alleged masked burglar who had assaulted the homeowner with a wrench, police said Thursday.

This man was taken into custody after a burglary in Anaheim Hills that prompted a homeowner to fire a shotgun at him on Dec. 25, 2014. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

This man was taken into custody after a burglary in Anaheim Hills that prompted a homeowner to fire a shotgun at him on Dec. 25, 2014. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

Police were called to a home in the 900 block of Country Glen Way (map) about 3:30 Christmas morning by a call from a resident who said a masked burglar was inside his home, according to Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.

The burglar assaulted the homeowner with a wrench, prompting a struggle that led to the criminal fleeing the home, the homeowner told authorities.

Armed with a shotgun, the homeowner followed the burglar and fired on him once, striking him, Dunn said. Still, the burglar was able to again escape, Dunn said.

Shortly before 5 a.m., with the help of bloodhounds from the Orange County Sheriff's Department and a police K-9, officers found their suspect in a garage one block away. He identified himself to police as Jeremy William Bell, 29, Dunn said.

Bell was taken into custody and hospitalized or minor injuries. In video from the scene, the man appeared to have spots on blood on the back of his T-shirt.

Bell was still in the hospital and had not been booked by 11:45 a.m., Dunn said.

It was not clear if the burglar stole any items from the home.

The incident on Country Glen Way came after a call to police about 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve from a home less than a quarter-mile away. At the residence in the 8300 block of East Quiet Canyon Court (map), a homeowner reported he was able to scare an attempted burglar away from his home.

Police responded to that call but could not find the individual, Dunn said.