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Intruder breaks into two West Side homes, snarls traffic after police chase on Crosstown Expressway

Posted at 6:33 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 19:37:30-04

Imagine finding an intruder in your home.

It’s a frightening scenario.

It happened not once, but twice this morning. And that was just the beginning of this chilling drama.

Now, an entire neighborhood is left scared and some with costly home repairs.

Three separate families on one block if a West Side neighborhood began their day in fear.

Police say a man in his early 40s broke into two homes on Cornelia Circle around 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

One homeowner who did not want to speak on camera said he heard voices in his driveway.

And he had his gun ready.

But when that intruder shattered the front window and came into the house, the man said he did not shoot because he thought the intruder was his son.

When he realized it wasn’t, he forced the intruder out the front door.

The suspect then ran across the street, breaking into a second home through a window. There, he then got into a fight with the homeowner, who threw him out of a window.

The intruder left several pieces of evidence behind.

“He did leave some property at each of the houses as he was in there,” a Corpus Christi police officer said. “Because in both cases he went through a broken window.”

The suspect then ran down the street, making his getaway by stealing a car from a woman who was putting her baby in its car seat.

She was getting ready to leave when the suspect climbed into the back seat.

She grabbed her baby and got away safely.

The suspect drove off and soon police were pursuing him.

The chase ended up on the Crosstown Expressway and that’s where it ended.

“He was racing down the highway at a high rate of speed, ended up rear-ending the red truck, causing the red truck to veer off the highway onto the service road,” Corpus Christi police officer Whitney Winsett said. ”And then, it spun out on the highway.”

Both the suspect and the other driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect is facing a long list of charges.

The accident also caused headaches for morning commuters.

The freeway was shut down for more than 30 minutes.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance footage from one of the homes that were broken into.