UA cross-country runners chase down a would-be thief

UA cross-country runners chase down a would-be thief

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Members of the University of Arizona cross-country team chased down a man who stole from their hotel room in Minnesota .

The team was in Minneapolis for the Roy Griak Invitational.

Collins Kibet, a senior, said he was moving his bags into a teammate's room at the hotel. When he got inside the room, he said he noticed something was wrong.

"And then in a split second I heard something get out of the door. Then I rushed to the door and looked through the hallway and I didn't see anybody," Kibet said.

Kibet took to the staircase. He said he heard doors closing as he ran down five flights of stairs.

"I opened the last door and there was somebody standing there. He moved closed to me and said 'I got a knife.' That's when I realized what was going on," Kibet said.

Kibet continued to run after the man outside of the hotel.

As luck would have it, five of Kibet's teammates were eating just across the street.

"One of our teammates said, 'Hey, what's Collins doing with that guy over there?' I had no idea what was going on. It was just an immediate reaction," said Bailey Roth, a junior.

The team confronted the suspect who then dropped one of the two bags he was carrying and took off running, but the team wasn't going to let him off the hook.

"He freaked out, when we were just continuing to follow him. He was like man, these guys aren't going away," Roth said.

Roth hopped the fence and continued to chase the suspect by himself, until he was joined by another teammate,

"He tried crossing the street, he tried hopping the fence, he tried crossing the interstate. He tried running down the on ramp. But in the end, like I said, I didn't want to let him go because I felt like he had more of our stuff," Roth said.

Police showed up and arrested 48-year-old Darren Clinton.

Online records show charges of assault, burglary and terroristic threat - reckless disregard risk.

Roth later found out Clinton had his bag, which contained things like his Macbook and hard drive, as well as and other things belonging to his teammates.

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