An 82-year-old man who took down a burglary suspect in his backyard didn't know it at the time, but investigators believe his cross-body block helped tackle 30 unsolved cases.
Terry Miracle was weeding his garden in the afternoon of Feb. 8, when a police chase broke out in his neighborhood.
Miracle said he heard the officers yelling and then spotted the suspect, who bolted around the corner into his backyard.
Miracle said Morgan Bluehorse, 27, didn't see him standing there. In that moment, Miracle said he remembered a move he learned playing high school football 65 years ago.
He calls it the cross body block and it took Bluehorse down at the knees.
"'I can do that,' I said to myself," Miracle recalled during an interview with Fox 12 after the incident. "Not thinking exactly that I'm an 82-year-old man now and he was probably maybe 30, at the most."
Bluehorse was arrested for a Department of Corrections warrant at the time.
Longview police then contacted Bluehorse, who was a person of interest in a string of burglaries in the months prior to his arrest.
Police said Thursday Bluehorse admitted to committing multiple burglaries in and around Longview. He cooperated with detectives and identified 30 locations he either broke into or attempted to break into over a several-month span.
Longview police were able to clear 19 cases in Longview, seven in Kelso, one in Castle Rock and three others in Cowlitz County.
Bluehorse is now charged with burglary, theft, and malicious mischief.
He was previously convicted of 20 burglaries in the Longview area in 2004.
Miracle received a standing ovation in church after news of his takedown spread through the community, even before it was known he helped catch an alleged serial burglar police believe was responsible for dozens of crimes.
"I wouldn't think of myself as a hero," Miracle said in an interview Feb. 10. "I would think of myself, at best, as a person that saw something that needed to be done and I could do so I did it."
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