Pajama-clad man chases off alleged burglars near Silt |

Pajama-clad man chases off alleged burglars near Silt

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox, AP/ Post IndependentJose Sedillo holds the axe handle he used as a weapon to chase off a burglar from his home in Peach Valley east of Silt.

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Two suspected burglars didn’t plan on meeting Jose Sedillo and his hickory stick Monday afternoon.

“I jumped out of bed and I was ready to kick some a–,” he said. “I ain’t got much but what I got is mine.”

Sedillo, 46, said the burglars only got took about $250 cash from his home on County Road 214 between Silt and New Castle.

After working a 12-hour shift in a natural gas field near Parachute, Sedillo came home at 5 a.m. and relaxed. He got on the computer, watched some television, then went to bed. He was half asleep around 1 p.m. when he heard someone knocking, he said.

Sedillo heard the door open, then heard a “cracking” noise. “It didn’t dawn on me that someone was breaking into the house,” he said.

He heard someone milling around upstairs, then someone came back downstairs and twisted his locked doorknob a little bit.

“That’s when I sat up in my bed and was like, ‘What the hell?'” Sedillo said. “The next thing you know he put a big old foot on the door and popped it wide open. I jumped up. He looked me right in the eye. I reached for my bat, and off to the races we went.”

When the man burst through the door, Sedillo was just hoping the man didn’t have a gun or knife.

Sedillo laughed about wearing only his underwear, a T-shirt and socks while chasing the burglar outside and up his driveway with the hickory stick in hand.

“It’s a good thing they weren’t thongs, eh?” he said.

He said he turned back toward the house near the top of the driveway and called 911 after thinking to himself, “I can’t be chasing this guy clear into Silt in my underwear.”

Sedillo said the “bat” he keeps near his bed is actually the hickory handle of a pick ax, and looks like a baseball bat. He heard someone at the sheriff’s office had jokingly referred to him as the “bat man” when talking about this burglary.

Deputies arrested Michael Joseph Salazar, 20, and Zachary Jacob Gray, 19, Monday afternoon. Gray and Salazar live at the same New Castle address and were booked on counts of theft, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

A Sheriff’s Office report says evidence suggests the two are tied to “several” burglaries from last week.

Sedillo said it’s depressing to see the area change since he graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1979.

“That was back in the days where you could leave your keys in the car, leave your house open, and nothing would be wrong,” he said.

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