A suspected Cosnino burglar got more than he bargained for this week when he was recognized and detained by a friend of the family he robbed.
The suspect, a 22-year-old Flagstaff man, was injured when he tried to resist being detained. According to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, deputies soon arrived and arrested the man.
The Cosnino home was first burglarized on Jan. 11. The burglar made off with alcohol and some sports memorabilia. The items included a Green Bay Packers football signed by 1989 first-round draft pick Tony Mandarich, widely considered one of the greatest National Football League busts in history.
Less than a week later, the home was burglarized again and the suspect left with a a .270-caliber rifle. After the second burglary, the homeowners installed a security system with a motion-detecting camera. The camera captured pictures of the man as he broke into their house a third time on Tuesday and made off with a laptop, a .357-caliber revolver and a 12-pack of soda. According to the sheriff's office, the pictures clearly showed the man's face.
The family and a friend looked at the photos together shortly after the burglary. One of them recognized the man in the photos.
Then, as the family friend backed out of the driveway, he noticed the suspected burglar walking nearby. He stopped and called the man's name, according to officials. When the suspect confirmed his name, the family friend physically detained him until deputies arrived.
The suspect tried to resist and was injured in the struggle. He was treated at Flagstaff Medical Center for his minor injuries and then taken to jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Investigators found the laptop, soda and handgun at the suspect's house. They have yet to tie the suspect to the previous burglaries.
Ethan Roy Manning is now in the Coconino County jail on charges of first-degree residential burglary while armed with a handgun and felony theft. He was also arrested for violating the conditions of his probation for a previous burglary case.
The Sheriff's office is urging any Cosnino residents who have been the victims of recent burglaries and not reported it to come forward. The sheriff's office number is (928) 774-4523.
Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or email@example.com.