Former detective chases down stranger standing in his bedroom

August 11, 2017 07:08 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Even for Paul Kisselbrack, a retired detective from the Hudson Police Department, it was like a nightmare waking up to a stranger in his bedroom.

"You're sound asleep and you're thinking that you're safe and nothing like that is going to happen here," Kisselbrack said.

It was about midnight when Kisselbrack heard a noise while in bed with his fiancee inside his Saratoga Springs home.

"When I opened my eyes, there's a guy standing in the doorway of our bedroom with a cigarette lighter under his chin. He was looking into the bedroom," he said.

He's not sure how long the man had been lurking. However, he was obviously an uninvited guest for Kisselbrack.

"I said who the heck are you? With that he spun on his heels and took off running," he added.

Kisselbrack climbed out of bed. As a former detective, he's used to chasing people down. He's been retired for 16 years, but instinct and his police training took over. It's like riding a bicycle he said. It also helps that at 60 years-old, he's still pretty fit.

"I looked to the right and he was four, five, six houses down running and I just took off after him," Kisselbrack  said.

He caught up with the suspect, held him down until police showed up a few minute later. They arrested 31-year-old Ramiz Hajratalli of Saratoga Springs. They said the unknown, exactly what the suspect was doing concerns them the most.

"Just the nature of the thing itself, how things played out that he was in there, basically in the bedroom staring at them in bed. That's concerning," said Saratoga Springs Police Lieutenant Bob Jillson.

Hajratalli was charged with burglary in the second degree. Investigators said they've had contact with him before and they're looking into other cases.

"They're going to start talking to neighbors, canvassing the neighborhood, look at other cases that are possibilities that he may be involved with," Lt. Jillson said.

Kisselbrack said what concerns him the most is what the suspect said after he was caught.

"I said what were you doing in my house? He said I was visiting with Katherine. That's my fiancee's name," Kisselbrack said.

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