WALNUT CREEK -- A neighbor who encountered a man later accused of burglarizing a unit at an apartment complex subdued him long enough to help officers make an arrest, police said Tuesday.
Police were called to the Boulders Apartment complex in the 500 block of Civic Drive at 5:23 p.m. Monday after receiving a report of a disturbance in the building, Walnut Creek police acting Sgt. Scott Moorhouse said. Once there, they detained 51-year-old James Murdaugh and determined that he was trying to flee after burglarizing a unit, Moorhouse said.
A neighbor confronted Murdaugh as he was leaving and physically subdued him before police arrived, Moorhouse said. The neighbor was stabbed in the leg by a screwdriver during the tussle but refused medical treatment.
Murdaugh was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and parole violation, Moorhouse said. Police took him to a hospital for medical treatment before booking him into the County Jail in Martinez, where he was being held without bail.
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