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Homeowner attacked after startling burglar


A 72-year-old Brooklyn Park man was pistol-whipped Saturday night after chasing a burglar who had jumped from a second-story window at the man's home.

Frederick Matthews received 19 stitches in his head after the 9 p.m. incident, which began when his 13-year-old poodle alerted him to a man rummaging through an upstairs bedroom.

The dog, named Tibby, whom Matthews decribed as a "little tiger," bolted up the stairs when he heard a noise and found the burglar in the bedroom. Matthews was right behind him.

"When the guy saw me, he jumped out of the window," Matthews said. "If it wasn't for Tibby, I never would have known. My grandson and I were sitting in the sun room watching the ball game."

Furious that someone had broken into his home, in the 4100 block of Bellgrove Road, Matthews ran back downstairs and out the front door after the man.

"I told my grandson to call 911 as I was going out the door," Matthews said. "When I ran out to the back of my house, the burglar was hiding in some shrubs and he grabbed my ankle and I fell."

The man pistol-whipped Matthews until Matthews staggered away and police arrived, he said.

"He beat me so bad and I was bleeding profusely from the head," Matthews said.

A short time later, police found Patrick Richard Frissell, 30, of the 4400 block of Norfen Road in Baltimore, hiding under a truck about a half-block away, officers said.

Police say Frissell had broken both ankles when he jumped from the second-story window and had Matthews' wallet. He was in stable condition at Harbor Hospital Center yesterday. Police charged him with assault with intent to murder, breaking and entering and theft.

Matthews said the burglar climbed up an awning in the back of his house and hoisted himself to the roof of the kitchen, where he had access to an unlocked bedroom window on the second floor of the house.

"I was just so angry," said Matthews, who has lived in the house 33 years. "It's just not right that a person has to live with his doors bolted and bars on the window all the time. Who would have expected someone to get in the house through a second-story window?"

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