September 1, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It wasn't difficult to identify a suspect in a break-in where an intruder kicked open a door and ransacked a bedroom before he was confronted by a Los Angeles homeowner.
The resident struck the intruder's head with a garden hoe, briefly knocking him unconscious, before he got up and ran away.
A surveillance video camera recorded Tuesday's midday confrontation and there were footprints and DNA from the bloody hoe.
But the bungling burglar left even more key evidence behind: His car was abandoned in the driveway.
Lt. Paul Vernon tells the Los Angeles Times that there were pictures of 25-year-old Miguel Luna on an iPad, a traffic citation with his signature and fingerprints in the car.
Detectives said Friday that Luna has so far eluded capture.