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Port Adelaide’s Paddy Ryder chased intruders after home invasion

A football star has made a dramatic citizen’s arrest after he caught intruders breaking into his family home.

Port Adelaide player Patrick Ryder was the victim of an attempted break-in in the early hours of Thursday morning, Seven News reported. 

Ryder and his wife Jess were woken when three intruders tried to gain access to their Henley Beach home about 4am on Thursday. Their three children were asleep inside.

Port Adelaide player Patrick Ryder was the victim of an attempted break-in on Wednesday night

Ryder confronted the men in his doorway before the intruders ran off and fled in a stolen Volkswagen.

While his wife phoned the police, Ryder jumped in his own car and chased the men down. 

When their Volkswagen crashed, two men fled on foot, but Ryder managed to catch one. 

He made a citizen’s arrest, holding the man down until police arrived. 

The getaway car, a Volkswagen, was stolen from a home in Osborne earlier in the night. 

The homeowner, Branka Medic-Bowell, said it was terrifying to think the men were inside her house while her family slept. 

Ryder and his wife Jess (together centre) were woken when three intruders tried to gain access to their Henley Beach home about 4am on Thursday. Their three children were asleep inside

Ryder and his wife Jess (together centre) were woken when three intruders tried to gain access to their Henley Beach home about 4am on Thursday. Their three children were asleep inside

Port Adelaide Football Club confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday

Port Adelaide Football Club confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday

‘I still feel sick this morning to think someone’s been in the house, stolen our stuff, her car, and gone to someone else’s property and tried to do the same thing,’ she told Seven News.  

Port Adelaide Football Club confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday. 

‘This has obviously been a traumatic experience for Patrick and his family,’ General Manager of Football Chris Davies said. 

‘It’s fortunate none of the Ryder family was injured during the incident. 

Ryder (pictured) chased the intruders down and made a citizen's arrest after catching one

Ryder (pictured) chased the intruders down and made a citizen’s arrest after catching one

The statement confirmed the incident was reported to the police and said the club was co-operating with the authorities. 

‘The club is offering ongoing support to the family and asks that their privacy be respected during this time.’ 

A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with aggravated attempted serious criminal trespass on Thursday. 

He was refused bail in court because he has a history of breaching it. 

The alleged offender remains behind bars in Adelaide.

More to come.  



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