Man says stranger walked into his home asking for money

Neighbors are on edge in one midtown neighborhood after they say a man barged into a home, begging for money.

"Bizarre! This guy just asked for money. It's one thing to panhandle on the corner sometimes but to have someone walk into your house and ask you for money. Really scary," said midtown resident Patrick Busko.

Busko told Channel 2's Rachel Stockman the incident happened late Saturday night. He was in the kitchen after a night hanging out with friends. Busko said he hadn't had time to lock his doors. 

"It was my first instinct, headed towards him, was yelling at him to the leave the house and I grabbed a cellphone that was lying on the table and decided to take after him," Busko said.

Busko said he chased the intruder for about five blocks as he called 911 and then ran into a police officer.

"He kind of got aggressive verbally as I was following him, backed off a little bit. I didn't want to see him get away," Busko said.

Busko said police told him another neighbor about a block away reported a similar incident several weeks ago.

Neighbors told Stockman that the community is usually pretty calm.

"I live about a block and a half away. I've lived here for eight years. Never had any problem in this neighborhood at all," Dennis Collard said.

Busko said his neighborhood patrol is checking into the incident to see if it is related to another problem in the area.

He also said another good practice is to always lock the doors.





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