SAN LEANDRO -- A burglar who authorities said kicked a police officer in the head and injured two other officers during a scuffle in a homeowner's backyard was behind bars Friday.

Officers were called at 8:10 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 400 block of Breed Avenue for a report of a burglary, said Lt. Luis Torres. Police learned a suspect broke a window to gain access into home but when he realized the homeowner was inside, he ran, Torres said.

Shortly after, an officer canvassing the neighborhood heard glass shatter and a woman scream several houses down from where he was investigating.

Officers went that home and found the resident struggling with a man in the backyard, Torres said. The officers attempted to place the suspect in handcuffs, but he fought with both officers and attempted to bite them, Torres said.

As additional officers arrived, the suspect continued to fight and, at one point, kicked an male officer in the head, Torres said. Officers struggled with the man for about five minutes until they were able to take him into custody.

Torres said two other officers received minor injuries, including scrapes -- one of them to his hands, arms and face.

The suspect also sustained minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest and then booked into the Santa Rita Jail after being treated at a hospital, Torres said.

Police have not released the man's name but said he is a 22-year-old Castro Valley man.

The incident remained under investigation Friday.


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Anyone with information about the burglaries can call 510-577-3234, or remain anonymous and text-a-tip to 847411.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.