Talk about good timing. An off-duty metro police officer sprang into action after he heard a call for help come over the scanner. A woman called 911 saying someone was trying to break into her home.
It happened in the 6100 block of Rosalyn Avenue in Broad Ripple just after 3 a.m. Saturday.
Sgt. Dean Fischer is no stranger to the Broad Ripple scene. The 25-year veteran used to patrol the area for years and was filling in for a friend that night. Fischer was on his way home when he heard about the burglary in progress.
Fischer says the closest officer on patrol at the time was 10 minutes away.
“Drunk people do the strangest things,” said Fischer. “Right then, I turn down the road, and I shot my light up. I’m right in front of her house.”
He got to the scene in less than 30 seconds to find 22-year-old Sergio Briceno stumbling around the house and up the steps to the front door.
“Not even an inkling where he was,” said Fischer. “He was belligerent and trying to get back in the door again. I hear two dogs barking in the house.”
The homeowner called police after she heard someone trying to come in. The woman told dispatchers she had a gun.
“It scared her to death. [She’s a] middle-aged young lady [with] two dogs,” Fischer said. “If he could have gotten in, it’s hard to tell what could happen.”
Thanks to good timing, the woman never used her weapon. Fischer arrested the drunken burglar and put him in his car.
“She thought I put him in a cab,” he joked. “Well sometimes we’re mistaken for cabs.”
It’s no mistake Fischer was at the right place at the right time.
“Crime fighting is 85-percent luck and 15-percent criminal stupidity,” he said. “Actually, it’s probably 50-50.”
Briceno was arrested for public intoxication. He told Fischer he was trying to go to a house on Meridian nearly 20 blocks away.