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Man accused of breaking into Burlington home arrested after residents fight back

Dennis Lashawn Johnson

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police arrested a man accused of breaking into a Burlington home after the residents fought back and held the suspect in their front yard until police arrived.

Dennis Lashawn Johnson, 45, of Burlington, is accused of breaking into a home in the 300 block of North St. John Street at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Tyrek Enoch and his cousin returned to home to find that the burglar had broken in through a window and was stealing things.

Enoch said the suspect had a basket of game consoles in his hand.  That’s when the two chased him down the driveway and held him down until police arrived minutes later.

The suspect was jailed in Alamance County under a $40,000 secured bond on charges of felony breaking and entering, resist delay and obstruct an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Johnson was taken to a hospital due to injuries he sustained from his confrontation with the residents and faces more charges after he became disruptive there.

The men who lived at the home had minor injuries that did not need medical attention, according to police. Police said the residents will not be charged.

Enoch and his cousin said they’ve never seen the man before and this situation has him more aware of what’s happening around him.

“I’m always going to look over my shoulder for the simple fact that he came to my house out of all the houses on the block,” said Enoch.