Man says he punched burglar, passed out

A 22-year-old Augusta man who reportedly punched a burglar in the face Sunday when he caught the thief inside his mobile home let the bloodied suspect escape because he “blacked out” and “did not think to call the sheriff’s office,” according to a police report.

Mark Neal Cook told Richmond County deputies that around 4:45 a.m. Sunday he arrived at his home in the 1100 block of Sadie Drive to find a red Mazda 6 in his driveway, the front door to his residence open and a man carrying a TV down the hallway.

Cook said he then punched the suspect in face with his right hand, immediately blacked out and did not remember what happened until he walked to the Waffle House at the corner of Gordon Highway and North Leg Road to meet some friends.

When he left his house, Cook said, the suspect was lying on the floor bleeding from the face. When Cook returned with his friends, the suspect was gone, along with most of Cook’s possessions.

Close to three hours later, Cook checked into University Hospital to get his hand examined and said he did not call the authorities right away because he “did not think to call sheriff’s office.”

The Mazda6 reportedly had South Carolina plates. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with facial hair.

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