San Jose Man Recounts Stopping Attempted Home Burglary

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    A South San Jose neighborhood is on high alert after an attempted home burglary was interrupted by a resident. Ian Cull reports. (Published Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014)

    A South San Jose neighborhood is on high alert after an attempted home burglary was stopped by the homeowner who watched the suspect break in.

    Mica Sinko says on Tuesday he was just getting out of the shower when he heard a knock at the front door of his home in San Jose's Cambrian Park neighborhood.

    He didn't think much of it, until the person knocked violently for a third time.

    "By the third knock I'm looking out my window to see if I recognize somebody or a car or something," Sinko said. "At this point I'm (looking out), and my door busts wide open...it sounded like a gunshot."

    Sinko rushed to his bedroom door, peeked out, and saw the intruder standing in the hallway.

    "We're face to face at this point. I let him know, 'Hi, I'm here. Now, I'm coming for you."

    Sinko says he ran the robber out of his home and into the street, where the man jumped into a new bluish-purple Honda hatchback.

    "And then they gunned it straight for me (in the car), and I had to dive behind this tree," Sinko said reenacting the incident. "Then they swooped right by the curb here, and took off right around that corner."

    The suspects got away. Sinko's happy his wife and son weren't home at the time.

    "I let the guy keep knocking, I didn't check because I heard this has been going around and I figured if this is going to happen, I want it to happen now when it's just me home," Sinko said.

    "It's a scary thing to think that if he would have been an hour earlier, what would have happened," said Mica's wife, Beth.

    People in the neighborhood feel like a crime wave has rolled through in recent months. Tools have been taken out of trucks, and thieves have broken into homes.

    "I think it's pretty brazen, I think it's pretty ridiculous," neighbor Steve Janssen said.

    The Sinko's are happy no one was hurt, and hope the police catch the suspects soon.

    "There's a lot of women and children home during the day and these guys are kicking doors in," he said.

    Police suggest if you're in a similar situation and someone knocks on your door, turn on lights and make noise to let them know someone is home. Also, grab a phone so you can call 911 if necessary.