WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A local chiropractor is starting to get a reputation for cracking more than backs. He's cracking criminal cases.
For the second time in two days, Dr. Dan Maggio tells WECT.com he's caught someone breaking into cars in his neighborhood.
"We got him," he told 911 operators.
The first time happened Monday, when Dr. Maggio says he didn't think twice about chasing down a robber.
"Me and another gentleman in the neighbor just caught somebody robbing and we got him on the ground," the man who helped Maggio told 911 operators.
On Monday morning, suspect Justin Stroupe crossed a security beeper in the driveway. The alarm woke up Maggio.
"When I got to the garage door, I looked at my truck and saw the dome light on, that's when I knew I was being broken into," said Maggio.
Maggio ran out the door wearing only his underwear. Without thinking, he chased the guy up the street. What he didn't know was, the suspect, had a gun.
"I couldn't see him, it was so dark," said Maggio. "Had I seen that he had a gun and confirmed that, I probably would have changed the pursuit at that point."
The pursuit could have turned deadly.
"There was no clip in the gun," said Maggio. "Right where he stopped, the holster fell on the ground. I'm sure at that point he pulled the gun out and probably tried to clip a few off on me."
With the help of a neighbor, Maggio was able to tackle the robber and put his training to work. Having a knowledge of pressure points, he held him down with a single thumb until the police arrived.
"They broke into somebody's car," the neighbor told 911 operators. "I was walking out to get to go to work and two guys just ran through my front yard. One of them was the robber and one of them was the owner of the vehicle."
"In this world that we live in, there are a lot more good people than evil and I think it's about time good stood up for itself and put evil in its place," said Maggio.
According to New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the suspect is Justin Stroupe. He is charged on 4 counts of Breaking and Entering and 1 count of Larceny. Authorities expect more charges to come.
At last report, the suspect was still in jail on a $5,000 bond.
Tuesday, Dr. Maggio contacted WECT.com to say it happened again.
This time, Dr. Maggio called 911 and deputies were able to capture the second suspect.
Suspect Antwon Bosier was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering. His bond was set at $1,000.00. He has bonded out of jail.
Authorities recommend every keep their cars and house doors locked. They tend to see a rise in crime during the holidays.
"If you're going out of town and want us to keep an eye on your house, contact the police department," said Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.
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