WATCH: Man arrested after foiled home invasion
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IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls man was arrested Sunday after an attempted assault and burglary that was caught on a home security camera.
Around 1:30 a.m., Idaho Falls Police Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Neptune Drive for reports that a man who was armed and masked had forced his way into a house.
Video footage taken from inside the victim’s home showed a man entering wearing a black hoodie and carrying a black bag and what appears to be a shotgun. The victim, Caspian “Cash” Shamel, said the footage was caught on a motion-activated security camera.
The video shows Shamel wrestle the man to the ground.
“I instantly reacted. A physical interaction ensued,” Shamel told EastIdahoNews.com. “I refused to let go of the firearm and he dragged me down my stairs. At the steps, to my porch, he slipped on ice. I gained the upper hand, and immediately landed a numerous number of blows with my heel and knee. (I) disarmed him and tossed his weapon inside.”
After a struggle, the suspect, identified as Eddie Walker, 28, attempts to run away.
Shamel said that’s when his roommates (who were asleep at the time of the break-in) woke up and took hold of the intruder while Shamel went to grab his own gun.
“He managed to slip free a mere matter of moments before the police arrived and assumed control of the situation,” Shamel said.
Idaho Falls Police officers arrived shortly after receiving the 911 call and apprehended Walker a short distance from the house.
Walker was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery, aggravated assault, burglary and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Walker has a previous petty theft conviction from 2013 in Bonneville County.
According to a news release, police recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, but no shots were fired. Shamel received minor injuries from his fight with the masked man.
Police spokeswoman Jessica Clements said Shamel and Walker did not know each other.
Police also arrested another man at the house. Jon Dale, 23, was not part of the burglary attempt. However, he fled due to an outstanding warrant, police said.
Walker’s preliminary hearing in district court is scheduled for March 5.