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Chicago homeowner, Jason Williams, bashes suspected burglar in head with frying pan

A Chicago homeowner chased a would-be burglar through his neighborhood and fought him off with the first weapon he reached for to defend himself: a frying pan.

Jason Williams was returning home from work to his home in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood just after 3 p.m. on Thursday when his security app alerted him to a break-in.

“I went into the house and looked around for a weapon I could use… there was a frying pan lying around so I grabbed it and at the same time the burglar came downstairs,” Williams said. He told ABC7 Chicago.

“At this point it was fight or flight and I chose to fight,” he added.

Captured by security camera The intruder ran out of the home and jumped off the front porch as Williams, armed with a frying pan, gave chase.

Security camera footage showed Jason Williams using a frying pan to scare off the intruder on Thursday. @Bashido/X

The two men run across the front yard before disappearing from the camera’s view as three distinct explosions are heard.

As the intruder runs towards the main gate, Williams can be heard yelling: “Get out of here, I’m going to kill you.”

The intruder opens the gate to escape, and the chase returns to the front yard, where Williams launches another powerful attack.

Two Chicago Police officers responded to the home just as the suspect fled onto suburban streets.

The intruder ran through the street but eventually turned himself in and was taken into custody.

The intruder opens the gate to escape, and the chase returns to the front yard, where Williams launches another powerful attack. @Bashido/X
Security camera footage showed the intruder leaving the home and jumping through the front door as Williams chased after him, holding a frying pan. @Bashido/X
Three distinct explosions were heard after the two men ran out the front door. @Bashido/X

Ms Williams shared her experience on social media after the cartoon-like chase, saying she “nearly killed” the suspect.

“A burglar came to my house. Seriously… I almost killed him. I hit him with a frying pan! I caught him!” the homeowner wrote to X, attaching a photo of the man sitting in the middle of the road with a frying pan.

“He was lucky the cops came because I beat him up pretty badly…. He owes me a new (frying pan)!”

Williams also took a photo of what appears to be the robber holding his head as he was placed in the back of an ambulance, as well as a photo of a dented pan.

The brave homeowner revealed he was “fine” and the suspect was due to be “taken in an ambulance tomorrow with a headache”.

“This could have ended differently and I’m glad it ended well,” Williams told the outlet. “My wife isn’t happy with my decision… I probably wouldn’t do it again, but it is what it is.”

Two Chicago Police officers responded to the home just as the suspect fled onto suburban streets. @Bashido/X
The brave homeowner revealed he was “fine” and the suspect was due to be “taken in an ambulance tomorrow with a headache”. @Bashido/X

To cap off a busy afternoon, Williams cooked a seafood dinner in a frying pan.

“I’m cooking tonight. Grilled swordfish in butter and garlic with asparagus. Pan-seared of course…” he joked in another post by X.

Williams did not cook in the frying pan he used in the robbery because he was unable to use it until it was repaired.

Williams shared a photo of officers detaining the intruder in the middle of the road after a foot chase. @Bashido/X

There were more than 3,400 thefts in Chicago last year, up from 3,346 the city experienced during the same period in 2023. To Chicago Police Department data.

Police confirmed to WLS-TV that a suspect was in custody, but it’s unclear if charges have been filed.

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