Details emerge on repelling of South City home invasion

A South City man desperately protecting his family tackled a robber in his home and had him pinned to floor when cops showed, officials said.

That only begins to explain how a robbery victim held at gunpoint outside his El Camino Real residence on Aug. 21 ended up having to fight off the thug inside the home, where two children and two women had been sleeping, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

According to court documents, the victim had been drinking at a bar on his block and walked home around 3:30 a.m. The suspect, 27-year-old Brian O’Rourke, of Burlingame, approached the victim outside his home and asked for a cigarette.

After the victim gave him a smoke, O’Rourke allegedly pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and demanded money and car keys, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The victim “pleaded with suspect and offered to call a taxi,” Wagstaffe said. O’Rourke then allegedly walked into the victim’s unlocked home, put a gun to his head and demanded jewelry, money or cell phones.

The victim “offered two cell phones but suspect refused them,” Wagstaffe said.

Then, O’Rourke reportedly began making his way into another room in the house, where the victim’s two children were sleeping, Wagstaffe said. Fearing for them, the victim “ran at and tackled” the suspect, grabbed the handgun and restrained him while his cousin called cops, he said.

Cops arrived and arrested O’Rourke, who was scheduled to be arraignment on charges in connection with the home invasion Friday, police said. O’Rourke remains in custody on $200,000 bail.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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