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May 23, 2013 3:02 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Bloody Trail, Broken Window and Shoe Prints Point to Burglary Suspect

CORPUS CHRISTI - A broken window, bloody shoe prints and a trail of blood led police to a burglar. Officers say a man broke into a home on Scotchmoss Drive early Thursday morning.

The next door neighbor Ty Martin says he woke up to some commotion outside his home, that's when he noticed blood all over the place.

"It got all over the patio and the porch and down the driveway and we did spray it down we put bleach on here," Martin said.

Bleach wasn't even strong enough to remove the blood stains from the sidewalk, door or doorbell in front of Martin's home, where the man begged for help while bleeding everywhere.

"Turns out the gentleman was breaking into the house next door and cut himself on the glass in the window. I take it when he punched through the window he cut his arm and probably hit an artery my roommate said he was spurting blood," Martin said.

The thief told neighbors he was involved in a hit and run after he stumbled over to Martin's home for help and they believed him. So, they patched him up.

"My roommate bandaged up his arm as best he could real quickly then called 911 himself," Martin added.

While they called medics, the silent alarm was going off at the home, alerting police of a break in.

"He rang the doorbell around 3:30 in the morning and by 4 o'clock the crime scene investigators had arrived and he was carted off to the hospital," Martin said.

Police say the man was treated for his injury and didn't steal anything from the house. Martin says the homeowner believes the thief was familiar with his home's floor plan.

"He thinks it might have been some construction workers that might have been hired on by someone he hired because it seemed like they knew where they were going inside the house," Martin said.

He described the inside of the home as a bloody mess and bloody shoe prints were left behind. Still Martin says the biggest surprise was the phony story he was told.

"We're glad he didn't die, of course, but it's never great being lied to so, especially when someone's trying to commit a crime," Martin said.

Police say the man's arresting is pending his release from the hospital. The man is facing attempted burglary charges.

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