Youth pastor punched in face thwarting burglary of neighbor's home in Colorado Springs

Stevens pinned one suspect until police arrived

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A youth pastor was punched in the face Christmas morning while trying to prevent a burglary at a neighbor's house.

"He clocked me in the face, and then he was gone," Jim Stevens told the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The newspaper reports that a second neighbor saw movement inside a neighbor's home in the 2500 block of East San Miguel Street and an unfamiliar car idling outside around 10:45 a.m. He knew nobody was home and called Stevens, who works with one of the people who live there.

Stevens called police and went outside to shut off the running car. While there, the man and woman who were inside the home came out and saw Stevens. A second woman was already somewhere outside.

Stevens told the newspaper that the man threw some of the stolen things at him, punched him and ran away.

The man remained at large around 12:30 p.m., but the two women were caught. Stevens had pinned one of them until police officers arrived.

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