Police in Brookline arrested a man they say tried to break into a home near Longwood Medical Center while the resident was getting ready to walk her dog.
It happened around 05:30 a.m., and police told the media the homeowner’s quick thinking helped them catch the suspect.
“She watched an individual in a black hoodie, face covered, walk behind her home and then the back stairs of her home, towards her basement door,” Deputy Police Superintendent Michael Gropman said.
The woman smashed the glass on her own door, spooking the suspect away then called police who were able to track the suspect’s footprints in the snow.
“[The officers] chased him all the way across the field, over another fence, and he ended up on the MBTA tracks,” Gropman said.
The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Tristen Phillips. Police said he had severe cuts to his stomach, likely caused by spikes on top of the fences he jumped.
Phillips is charged with attempted breaking and entering. He remains in the hospital where he is recovering, and will soon be arraigned.