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Fayette County homeowner foils burglar

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Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 10:39 p.m.

A Fayette County man who was alerted to a would-be intruder by his barking dog held the accused attempted burglar at bay until police arrived, according to a criminal complaint.

Adan Rivera Pedraza, 26, a former California man whose address is listed only as “a local hotel” in Uniontown, is charged with attempted burglary, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Uniontown Police Officer Frederick Kampert said Donald Derryberry reported being awakened at 1:35 a.m. Thursday by his dog, which was “crazily barking at something outside.” Derryberry looked out his front door, where he saw a man banging on the door and trying to force it open.

Derryberry retrieved a gun while a woman inside the home called 911, Kampert said. By then, the man, whom Kampert identified as Pedraza, was trying to force open windows on the front porch.

When Donald Derryberry stepped outside to confront Pedraza, the intruder charged him and pulled him off the porch, according to Kampert. The two tumbled down four concrete steps and landed on a sidewalk.

“Donald stated he got back up onto his feet and held the gun towards the defendant and ordered him to stay on the ground and not to move,” Kampert wrote in the affidavit.

An unidentified man who was delivering newspapers at the time saw the disturbance and stopped to help Derryberry, Kampert said.

Kampert took the man, who he said has a previous address in California, into custody. Pedraza had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and staggered when he walked, according to Kampert's affidavit.

Donald Derryberry had injuries to his head, back, arms and legs, Kampert said. Derryberry could not be reached for comment.

Pedraza was arraigned before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Liz Zemba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or

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