A Whitley County resident chased down and held an alleged burglar until police arrived Saturday morning, but the suspect claims that he was just out looking for his cat at 3:35 a.m.
Joshua L. Bennett, 33, of 65 Wilson Road, pleaded not guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary during his arraignment Monday afternoon before District Judge Cathy Prewitt, who left his bond at $25,000 cash. She scheduled an Oct. 16 preliminary hearing in his case.
The incident happened at 77 Wilson Road about one mile south of Williamsburg.
Kentucky State Police received call from Danny Sullivan reporting an intruder, and then contacted Williamsburg Police Officer Brandon White asking for assistance.
Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said that state police had officers on duty at the time, but they were tied at the other end of the county so White responded since the call was so close to Williamsburg.
When White arrived at the scene, he found the victim holding Bennett down on the ground, he wrote on the arrest citation.
Sullivan told police that he looked out his kitchen window and saw a male run behind his garage and heard a noise at his storage trailer. He allegedly saw Bennett inside with a light and called police, White wrote.
Prior to police arriving, Sullivan allegedly saw Bennett run from the trailer, then chased him down, caught him, and held him down until police arrived, according to the citation.
White smelled alcohol on Bennett, who told officers that he did not enter the trailer and the reason he was there was looking for his cat, White wrote.
Sullivan had no trespassing signs posted on his property.
Bennett was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Bird added that he would strongly advise people against trying to apprehend suspects on their own.
"It’s not a good idea to go out especially that late of night and confront somebody," Bird said. "You never know what that person’s state of mind is, what their intentions are or what they might be armed with. I definitely would not recommend it."