Child noticed strange man in garage of Taft home

A burglar trying to rob an occupied house was caught in the act by a child and held at gunpoint by a woman until Taft Police took him in to custody.

Taft Police said a resident of the home on the 500 block of Keene Lane was alerted by a seven-year-old child that there was a strange man in an attached garage about 9 a.m. Sunday.

The adult called 9-1-1 to alert Taft Police and kept the suspect at bay until officers arrived.

Police said the suspect, identified as Aoreliorho Velasco, 25, had entered the garage through a rear door and then entered the residence.

Officers said Velasco removed multiple items from the home before being confronted by the homeowner.

He was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and a misdemeanor warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.