EL CAJON (CNS) - An 18-year-old man was in custody Friday for allegedly attempting to burglarize a home in El Cajon, and police credited the victim's neighbor with helping them make the arrest.
Haitham Riyad Ahmed Al Ahmady of El Cajon was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of attempted burglary and conspiracy, according to El Cajon police Lt. Tim Henton.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a woman called 911 and said she was watching someone break into her neighbor's home in the 1000 block of Ellen Lane, the lieutenant said in a statement. She told the dispatcher that prior to calling 911 she had observed two suspicious males sitting in a vehicle looking at homes for about 20-30 minutes.
"She knew the subjects did not belong in the area, so she kept watching them," Henton said, noting the woman called 911 after she saw one of the males enter her neighbor's backyard and the other go down the street to act as a lookout.
Once there, officers learned that the males had fled before gaining entry into the home and there was no loss.
Before the suspects fled, the 911 caller's husband took photos that include a shot of the license plate on the suspects' vehicle, Henton said.
About 30 minutes later, a patrol officer spotted the suspects' vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of South Anza Street. According to Henton, Ahmed Al Ahmady was alone in the vehicle and arrested after he was positively identified by the witnesses.
"This is an excellent example of neighbors watching out for each other, and taking action when something isn't right," Henton said. "The reporting party's willingness to get involved helped police apprehend and arrest one suspect in the case."
Henton asked anyone with information about the second suspect to call El Cajon police at (619) 579-3311 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 may be given for information that leads to an arrest in the case.