La Pine homeowner confronts intruder in child’s bedroom, suspect arrested in nearby garage

A La Pine homeowner confronted an intruder hiding in a child’s bedroom Thursday afternoon, chasing the man out of the house before he was found an arrested a short time later, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said deputies were dispatched just after 1 p.m. to a burglary in progress at a home on Cassidy Drive in La Pine.

The homeowner called 911 after the family pet began to bark at the intruder, Vander Kamp said. They searched the house and found 23-year-old Dakota Daniel Willis in their child’s room. The homeowners chased Willis out of the house and into the street.

Deputies arrived to the area and found Willis running on Health Drive. He ran into an open garage and tried to hide as deputies pursued, Vander Kamp said. He eventually surrendered to deputies and was arrested.

The investigation determined that Willis entered the home through an unlocked door and was not able to steal any property before being confronted. No one was injured during the incident and the child was not in the home at the time.

Willis was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with several crimes including first-degree burglary and attempted theft. He also had an outstanding warrant on a meth-related charge out of Marion County.



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