A suspected burglar was caught Friday morning and ended up getting hit by a bus in downtown Shreveport. (Source: Cody Jennings/ KSLA News 12)
James Dilworth (Source: Shreveport Police)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A suspected burglar tried to make a run for it after he was caught Friday morning and ended up getting hit by a bus in downtown Shreveport.
It all started just after midnight at the Holiday Inn on Lake Street.
That's where an employee reportedly saw the man, identified as 49-year-old James Dilworth, stealing tool boxes from a parked pick-up truck.
Police say the employee called out to the suspected burglar as he took off across the street, but moments later was hit by a SporTran city bus in the 800 block of North Spring Street.
"He was outside of a designated crosswalk and it was at night in the 100 block of Lake Street. There's not a whole lot, as I remember, there's not a whole lot of light along that block there," said Shreveport Police Cpl. Angie Willhite.
SporTran officials told KSLA their driver reported not being able to see Dilworth because he was wearing all-black clothing.
The owner of the burglarized truck, Alfred Thomas said he's in town for cancer treatment at the VA.
"I'm here getting cancer treatment from the VA and this fellow tried to relieve me of some of my property," said Thomas.
Police were able to recover his belongings and he hopes justice is served.
"Now it's up to the court to see him gets his just desserts," said Thomas. "Hooray for the city bus, I've been stopped a few times by the city bus and complained but I won't do that anymore."
Dilworth was taken to University Health hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers confirmed he was then released into their custody and charged with Simple Burglary.
If convicted, Dilworth could face up to 12 years in prison.