BEXAR COUNTY, TX – A teenager got more than he bargained for when he allegedly tried to rob a house Monday morning.
The suspect got into a fistfight with the homeowner and left with nothing but bite marks.
It happened around 9 a.m. near Amber Coral and Amber Morning in far west Bexar County.
Homeowner Lan-del Carlisle said he woke up when he heard someone trying to pry open his back door.
"I was actually fearing for my life because he pointed a gun at me,” Carlisle said.
Carlisle confronted the suspected robber in the backyard and says the teen fired his gun twice.
That’s when Carlisle knew he had to stop him.
"I said, 'You're not going anywhere. You're staying here for the cops. The cops are coming.'” Carlisle said. “As he got in his car, I hopped in the passenger side. I grabbed him by the neck and I tried to get him in a chokehold. I was wrestling with him. He shot at me."
Neighbors called 911 and wrote down the suspect’s license plate number as the fistfight got dirty.
"That's when I bit his ear,” Carlisle said. “I bit something, whatever I could bite, to try and get loose the gun."
But the suspect managed to drive away and hide at a nearby home.
Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the house with guns drawn, and asked the teenager’s relatives for help.
"The guardian came over and talked to us,” Sgt. Robert Morales with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said. “We went ahead and let the guardian go in to try and talk to him and try to have him come out peacefully."
It worked – relatives convinced the teenager to come out of the house and surrender to deputies, leaving neighbors relieved but still on edge.
"Next time, you're not getting away because I will be prepared and we will be prepared,” Carlisle said.
Sheriff’s deputies have not yet identified the suspect.
Unfortunately, Carlisle says this is the second time his home’s been broken into in the past few months.