Car owner punched by burglar in Jax Hts: Brown

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JACKSON HEIGHTS — A man who wanted to stop a thief from breaking into his car May 22 got punched instead.

The victim noticed 28-year-old Juan Cabas of 108-27 41st Ave. allegedly rummaging around inside his 2001 Toyota Highlander at around 7:10 p.m., according to the Queens district attorney.

But when the car owner approached, instead of stopping Cabas allegedly punched him in the chest, the DA said.

Police recovered a screwdriver, a hammer and a socket wrench from Cabas’ backpack, the DA said.

He was charged with assault, possession of burglar’s tools and attempted theft, the DA said.

Updated 10:50 am, October 12, 2011
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