A witness claims she heard the suspect in an attempted kidnapping incident shout “sorry mum”.
The Inver House care home in Bembridge saw a large police presence outside it on Sunday night (July 15) – causing quite a stir on social media.
Lucy Jones, from Bembridge, lives opposite the care home in Foreland Road and witnessed the incident.
The 26-year-old said: “I live opposite, [there were] loads of police and dogs. We heard the glass smash then could hear the man screaming. The police pepper sprayed him, then he shouted ‘sorry mum’.”
Miss Jones explained officers then put the 53-year-old London man in a police vehicle before asking him if he was okay or if he’d been bitten by a police dog. Police then arrested the man for attempted kidnap, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.
“It was so loud and went on for ages,” added the hairdresser.
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We were called at 10.06pm last night Sunday (July 15) to deal with an incident in which a man was reported to have broken into a care home on Foreland Road, Bembridge.
“Police attended and arrested a 53-year-old man from London at the scene on suspicion of aggravated burglary, attempted kidnap, assault police and criminal damage.
“He remains in custody at this time.”
Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting crime reference number 44180266981