Omaha police arrested a man for a home invasion Tuesday night.
Officers were called to the area of 84th and Pacific around 8:40 p.m. for a home invasion in progress. Officers were told the suspect, described as a transient identified as 24-year-old Brandon Johnson, had made his way into a detached garage through an unlocked door and then entered Tom Sitzman's house before being confronted by Sitzman. His wife called 911.
Sitzman wrote a letter to the neighborhood association president that read in part: "He (Johnson) was high on something and was not interested in leaving. I got him out of the house without incident, he got into his car to leave, but couldn't. At the same time six police cruisers arrived, so he jumped out and took off running."
The first officers to arrive began chasing Johnson on foot. A perimeter was set up by officers and they were able to arrest him in a nearby back yard where Johnson was hiding.
A K-9 was used on Johnson when an officer instructed him to show his hands and he did not. Johnson was taken to Methodist Hospital where he received treatment.
This wasn't his first crime of the night. According to police reports, it was near 77th and Cass that Johnson allegedly stole a car found near the home invasion scene. Police noted there was damage to the steering column. Police say Johnson knows the car's owner, Jenae Nihsen, who told police Johnson took the vehicle without her permission and without the keys. He hot-wired it.
Johnson was booked for burglary, theft by receiving, criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Sitzman finished his letter with "from the information we got from the police he is a floater and drug user. The young man needs treatment and is lucky that he did not enter the home with a loaded firearm.”
Sitzman didn’t want to be interviewed, but he did tell Channel 6 News that neither he or his wife ever felt threatened, never felt their lives were in jeopardy.