Police in Independence, Missouri have arrested a rifle-toting teenage burglary suspect who was chased into the woods by a religious sister on Thursday morning.
The 17-year-old suspect had broken into one home around 6:00 and another at about 6:30 in the morning, authorities told Missouri’s NBC Action News. Both houses were occupied at the time of the break-ins but no one was injured.
However, a gun was reported missing from the second home.
Sister Catarina of the Sisters of St. Francis Convent told NBC Action News that she saw the suspect through a convent window. He was holding a rifle and walking through a nearby field.
She and another sister named Sister Connie went out to approach the suspect, who they first thought may have been an illegal hunter.
At first the young man was pleasant to speak with, Sister Catarina reported. When the two sisters started asking questions about what he was doing, he ran away through the woods.
Sister Catarina chased the teenager but could not keep up with him. The suspect was later apprehended and was expected to be charged on Friday.