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Burglary suspect rescued from Fox River by Appleton police


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Appleton police have rescued a burglary suspect from the Fox River.

Officers were called just after 7 a.m. Monday to the 1400 block of Kenilworth Avenue for a stranger leaving a woman's house with a laptop computer.

On the way to the scene, a resident saw the man trying to hide the laptop under his clothes. The citizen followed the suspect and confronted him, according to police. The two got into a scuffle, and the man dropped the laptop. The citizen wasn't hurt and called police to tell them where the suspect was.

During a search of some woods east of Peabody Park, officers saw a man in the river. He was about 75 feet out and struggling to keep his head above water.

Police called in the fire department's rescue team, but before the team could arrive the man went under. Lt. Dan Weiske and Sgt. Rob Wills then jumped into the river and pulled the man to shore, where emergency workers helped him.

The 36-year-old man was taken to the hospital to be checked out and was then taken to jail. The man, who told police he was homeless, has yet to be formally charged.