Sanitation workers tackle, stop armed burglar after being alerted to crime by 14-year-old

LARGO, Fla. - Two Largo sanitation workers are being credited with tackling and stopping an armed burglar after they were alerted by a 14-year-old girl.

The teen was at home alone Tuesday on Lexington Court when there was a knock on the door shortly after 2 p.m.  She did not answer the door.

A short time later, she noticed the same person trying to break in through the rear door.  

The teen called her mother on the phone. She told the girl to "get out of the house." 

The girl ran out the garage door and hailed down two sanitation workers, Michael Kowalke and Michael Gordon, and told them about the break-in.

About the same time, the suspect, later identified as Matthew J. Olver, climbed over a fence and began to run away.

Kowalke tackled Olver in a neighbor's yard and Gordon pinned him down.  At one point, Olver tried to stab the workers with a large knife, police said.

Another person working nearby, Michael Fitzgerald, picked up the knife and held it until police arrived.

Olver, 20, has a history of battery and burglary.  He is now charged with armed burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police say Olver apparently did not realize there was someone in the house because the girl did not answer the door.

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