Rimrock homeowner hits burglar with baseball bat

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Shane Cox By Jennifer Thomas Shane Cox By Jennifer Thomas

RIMROCK, Ariz. -- A burglar in Yavapai County was greeted by a homeowner with a baseball bat.

Sheriff's deputies said Shane Cox broke into a home in Rimrock over the weekend and was in a hallway when the resident came out of a bedroom and hit him with a baseball bat.

Following a brief struggle, the suspect was subdued. The homeowner was restraining Cox on the front porch when deputies arrived.

Sheriff's officials said Cox was wearing all black clothing, including a hat, pair of gloves and hooded sweater. His backpack contained burglary tools, which were listed as a second flashlight, black beanie, pry bar and screwdriver. Cox had a folding knife in his pocket, which the homeowner had already removed.

Cox, 30, of Camp Verde, was treated at the Verde Valley Medical Center then booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. He is facing several charges, including burglary, trespassing, criminal damage and assault.

Cox remains in custody on a $20,000 bond.