This burglar chose the wrong home to hit

When a burglar entered the Reston home of Bruce Wiley around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning he couldn’t have picked a worse target.

Wiley is a retired Fairfax County police detective, who put in 28 years on the force. When he was awakened by a noise he grabbed a flashlight and a collapsible baton and went to investigate. He found an intruder, who was wearing a full black mask over his face and was in the process of stealing items from the home.

Bruce Wiley

Bruce Wiley
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As county police report the incident, Wiley pointed the flashlight at the suspect and told him to get on the ground. The suspect did not comply. As he repeated his commands, Wiley closed in on the suspect, struck him once with the baton and took him to the ground. Meanwhile, Wiley’s wife called police.

Officers took the 17-year-old suspect from Reston into custody. He was later released to the custody of his parents. Officers say he’ll will be charged with burglary.

Since his retirement in 2010, Wiley has used his extensive job knowledge, training and experience to train other law enforcement officers in use-of-force situations.



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.