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Wanted Burglar Apprehended After Seven Months at Large

Suspect detained and later released after July 2011 incident in which citizen faked holding a gun and ordered suspect to freeze. Suspect was held at fake gunpoint until police arrived.

A Dacula man is behind bars after more than seven months at large. Pedro David Escobedo, 33, of 241 Maxey Street in Dacula, is charged with burglary and possession of tools for the commission of a crime in addition to a charge of probation violation.

The burglary charges stem from a July 2011 incident in which Escobedo was taken into custody after a burglary at a Sugarloaf Parkway residence.

On July 15, 2011, a man called police after hearing noises coming from a nearby vacant home. Two suspects fled the home as officers approached. One of the suspects escaped, but Escobedo did not.

According to the incident report, the man who had initially called police detained the suspect by acting as if he were holding a gun and saying, “Freeze mother-[expletive deleted].”

During the subsequent investigation, officers determined the rear door of the vacant residence had been kicked open and the interior of the home was ransacked. Outside the residence, officers found a glove and a pry bar in the area where the suspects had fled the residence. A matching glove and toboggan were found on the other side of the fence in the pretend gun-holding neighbor’s yard.

Escobedo was transported to Gwinnett County Police headquarters and questioned by detectives. GCPD public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith said , but later released when detectives were unable to make contact with the owners of the vacant home and secure warrants against Escobedo in a reasonable amount of time.

Smith did not have details of Escobedo’s capture, but said it appeared he was taken into custody for a probation violation and later served with the outstanding warrants for burglary and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Escobedo is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

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