- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

SYRACUSE, Utah (AP) - A 24-year-old autistic man has died after he entered a neighbor’s home in Syracuse and was detained in a headlock by its owner.

Syracuse police say they were informed Thursday of the death of the man involved in the Feb. 7 incident. His name hasn’t been released.

Homeowner John Hislop told the Deseret News (https://bit.ly/1Aph7jS ) he confronted the man he had never seen about 11 p.m. as he tried to enter the home.

After the man pushed his way inside, Hislop tackled him and put him in a headlock. The man eventually passed out and was taken to the hospital.

Police say they responded to what was reported as a burglary in progress.

Family friends believe the man sneaked out of a nearby private group home and entered the neighbor’s home thinking it was his own.

They say the man couldn’t speak and functioned at the level of a young child.

A police investigation is continuing.


Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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