Eck chases down burglar outside dorms

04/13/2011 12:00 AM

04/13/2011 12:06 AM

HUTCHINSON — Hutchinson Community College men's basketball coach Steve Eck and an off-duty firefighter worked together this morning to catch a burglary suspect for local police.

The firefighter sustained minor injuries after helping Eck tackle a man suspected of burglarizing Eck's HCC dorm room, where the coach sometimes stays the night to keep an eye on his players, according to Hutchinson Police Detective Thad Pickard.

The firefighter and the coach held 20-year-old suspect Daniel T. Flamma-Sherman until police arrested him, Pickard said. Now, Flamma-Sherman is facing charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felony theft.

The incident started at about 6:30 a.m. when Eck, 55, spotted a man taking a bag with his belongings from his dorm room, Pickard said.

Flamma-Sherman reportedly fled from the college dorm when Eck tried to stop him, and the basketball coach gave chase.

An off-duty firefighter on his way home from work saw the two men running, and the firefighter "helped capture the suspect," Pickard said. The firefighter didn't need medical attention for the injuries he received amid the scuffle, according to Pickard.

Flamma-Sherman, of Blue Springs, Mo., is facing a charge of aggravated robbery because "a person was injured during the commission of the crime," Pickard said. Flamma-Sherman was taken to the Reno County Jail and likely will appear in court Wednesday.

"It's nice when someone helps police, but we don't want them to be injured. It's a double-edged sword," Pickard said. "We can't condone someone chasing someone down and tackling them because they could be seriously injured."

Police still are looking for other suspects in the alleged dorm burglary and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Hutchinson Police Department at (620) 694-2831 or Crime Stoppers at 694-2666.

Eck declined to comment. The firefighter's name was not released.

Pickard said Flamma-Sherman had no ties to the college.

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