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4/22/2008

Blind Homeowner Wrestles, Detains Intruder

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 8:44 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

This is an unbelievable story out of Indianapolis:

“Kieta is typically at work on Mondays but had taken the day off from his job with the federal government. So he was home when a man entered his Eastside residence in the 3100 block of Richardt Avenue about 9 a.m.

“We have a little poodle-like dog. It was barking and barking,” Kieta said. “I opened the door and just ran into him.”

Kieta, 49, who is legally blind, said he was the Kentucky high school wrestling champ for the 145-pound division in 1976. He used his skills and other self-defense tactics learned from his father to subdue the intruder.

“I had him pinned in the laundry room and just kept pummeling,” Kieta said, describing the pounding he gave the 25-year-old arrested by police.

Kieta punched, kicked and grappled until the suspect became disoriented. Kieta said he grabbed him by the belt and dragged him into the kitchen. Kieta then found a kitchen knife and held it at the man’s throat.

Kieta fumbled to dial 911 with his other hand. “Being visually impaired, I couldn’t get the buttons because I was using my left hand,” he said. “It took me about 20 tries.”

Police arrived minutes after dispatchers received the call at 9:47 a.m.

Alvaro Castro, 25, was arrested on an initial charge of residential entry, Sgt. Matthew Mount said. Police say Castro denied trying to burglarize the home. He said he was the ex-boyfriend of Kieta’s 18-year-old daughter and said he was trying to visit her when he ran into her father, Mount said.

Kieta said Castro also told him he was looking for his cat. “I go, ’Your cat? You’re in my house!”’ Kieta recalled.

Castro was held at Wishard Memorial Hospital’s secure detention facility, then transferred to the Marion County Jail late Monday night.

Kieta said he suffered swollen hands and a sore back, but no serious injuries. “When my wife was cleaning the blood off, she said ‘I think it’s all his.” Kieta said.”

I’m surprised Castro didn’t offer to call 911 himself.

— DRJ

11 Responses to “Blind Homeowner Wrestles, Detains Intruder”

  1. would YOU admit to a blind man beating the ever-lovin’ crap outta you??

    I’m not sure I could…

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  2. he would have saved the state some money, and future victims from harm, if he had just cut the guy’s throat from ear to ear.

    assistant devil's advocate (5d90cc)

  3. “I’m blind. I couldn’t see what I was doing… Honest mistake. Really….”

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  4. Shoot! I’d acquit! :)

    Gregory (f7735e)

  5. Is Castro an Illegal Alien? Should he even be in this country in the first place?

    Castro is a lying wimp.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  6. I would like to know if he really is the girl’s ex-boyfriend. I mean, he’s equally deserving of a beat-down, either way, whether he’s sneaking into the man’s house to steal his stuff or to fool around with his daughter, just curious.

    PatHMV (653160)

  7. DRJ… the guy DID offer to call 911 himself. From this story from WTHR in Indianapolis (which has a picture of Kieta and his dog):

    “He was begging, like, ‘Don’t kill me. I’ll dial it for you.’,” Kieta said. “I was, like, ‘You are not touching the phone’.”

    PatHMV (653160)

  8. HLLEN KELLER would just enjoy this i mean the best and i,ll bet that burglar will never live it down he,ll be the luaghing stock of the prison every convict and guard will never let him forget he was cuaght by a blind person

    krazy kagu (85eb6b)

  9. state wrestling champs got some crazy mojo going. I wouldn’t mess with one – no matter how old he was.

    quasimodo (edc74e)

  10. That is just how we roll in Indy. lol.

    JD (75f5c3)

  11. In England Kieta would have been arrested for assault.

    the wolf (3cd7f8)


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