On April 16, officers were called to a burglary in progress in Mankato at a mobile home park, according to the Mankato Police Department.
Once at the scene, police found the suspect, 35-year-old Aldo Gomez, sitting outside the residence with a fractured skull, WTVO reported.
According to officials, Gomez told authorities he burglarized the home the day before by sneaking in through a window.
The homeowner, 28-year-old Blaze Richard Smith, looked over the surveillance video after the first burglary and recognized Gomez from his build and gait, authorities said.
Smith decided to wrap a baseball bat in barbed wire with screws and nails, he left a window open and then waited for Gomez to return, WTVO reported.
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Investigators reviewed the surveillance video, which showed Smith chasing Gomez and hitting him multiple times with the bat. However, Smith told officers he hit Gomez “only four times” while inside the residence, according to police.
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