Metro man tackles, handcuffs burglary suspect

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Charlie, a 2-and-a-half-year-old dachshund, rarely barks.

But, he’s smart enough to know a strange man should not be in his house at 6:30 on a Tuesday morning.

“Woke up in the morning with my dog, Charlie, barking, and that’s unusual for him,” said Gray Delacluyse.

Delacluyse walked out of his bedroom to find a burglar in his dining room.

“He was actually standing on the other side of the dining room table, and I start yelling at him at this moment, and he bolts for the back door and I took off after him,” Delacluyse said.

Delacluyse tackled him just off the deck in his back yard and pinned him to the ground.

He still has scrapes on his hands from throwing punches.

He kept him pinned to the ground while his fiancée called 911 and ran to get some handcuffs in the house.

“I knew that Gray had handcuffs in his house, so I went, and grabbed those, and just put them on and waited for the cops to show up - longest 8 minutes of my life,” said Shantel Shaver.

Delacluyse said the suspect pleaded for his release, telling him he had his stuff back.

“He gave every other excuse when I was hold him like 'I’m choking, I have asthma.' You know, anything to have me loosen up so that he could run away,” Delacluyse said.

Inside a backpack the suspect had allegedly stolen was Delacluyse’s clothing iron, some earbuds and electronics, two Diet Cokes from the refrigerator and an 8-inch knife from his kitchen.

Delacluyse said he gave little thought to his own safety when going after the suspect.

“He’s not getting away. He’s not going to just run away and not have anything happen to him,” Delacluyse said.

Fortunately, Delacluyse and his crime-fighting sidekick, Charlie, were not injured.

The suspect was booked into the Oklahoma County jail.

NewsChannel 4 is not identifying him because he is only 17 years old.

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