A Farmingville resident didn't take too kindly to his home being burglarized Monday afternoon.
The homeowner stabbed a burglar who was attempting to flee through the backyard of the home on Cedar Oaks Avenue, police said.
The homeowner, whom police did not identify, arrived home at about 2:15 p.m. and saw Alex Debono, 20, of Miller Place, exiting the window, police said. The homeowner grabbed a knife from his car and "confronted the intruder," who was also armed with a knife, police said.
A struggle ensued between the two men as Debono tried to flee and the homeowner stabbed Debono in the leg, police said.
Debono was able to escape after he climbed over a fence and fled to the Kmart on North Ocean Avenue, police said.
A Sixth Precinct patrol officer, Daniel Furey, apprehended Debono as he attempted to leave the store, police said. Items stolen from the victim's home, including a watch and an Xbox, were recovered in the store’s bathroom, according to police.
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Debono was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Debono is charged with first degree burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.
Debono is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday.
No charges have been filed against the homeowner.
A photo of Debono being loaded into an ambulance can be seen here on the Stringer News Twitter feed.