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Woman assaulted after spotting suspects stealing from neighbor's home

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An Austin woman fought for her life after confronting burglary suspects outside her home on Carvaron Lane.

The burglary and assault, which then turned into a police pursuit, all started early Tuesday morning around 12:30.

Police say Erin Weinberg did the right thing when she wrote down the license plate number of the getaway car.  It's what she did next that police and the victim herself said she shouldn't have done.

"I kind of went, I got all your information right here, and the guy just pulled something over his face like that and just came at me," Weinberg said.

Weinberg now regrets the confrontation.

That attack from a burglary suspect resulted in five stitches and a bruise on her forehead.

Blood from the assault still covered her porch Tuesday afternoon.  Some of it came from Weinberg defending herself.

"Next thing I know he was on the ground hitting me and I had my pen and I was stabbing him as much as I could, I think I got him worse than he got me."

Next door neighbor, Wanda Harkrider, heard her screams and called 911.

"It woke me up from a dead sleep so it was loud," Harkrider said.

Weinberg said she was taking out the trash around 12:30 Tuesday morning when she noticed her neighbor's garage door open part way and a suspicious car idling nearby.

She remembered the license plate number, went inside, and wrote down the information on a crumbled and blood soaked envelope.

The 41-year-old went back inside her home, told her husband, who was in bed, about the car, and went back outside.  That's when she confronted the two people carrying items out of her neighbor's home.

"I thought he was going to kill me," Weinberg said.

Police arrived but the suspects led them on a chase that ended near Broken Spoke Trail and Wagon Bend also in South Austin about 15 minutes later.

Richard Sigmon saw what happened next.

"I saw police jump out of their car and giving commands, I saw the driver get out of the car and basically threw his hands in the air but then he turned and took off running," Sigmon said.

Weinberg knows what she should not have done.

"I shouldn't had said, probably should have immediately called the cops and not said, I've got all your information right here, that's probably not the smartest move."

Police said three of the four suspects are in custody, facing charges of burglary, assault, and evading.  Three of them are under 17.  One even had an ankle monitor on.

Police can't release information on juveniles and are withholding the mug shot for the 17-year-old until a photo lineup is conducted.

Police say right around the same time of this pursuit, there was another police chase, also in South Austin.

Police say 34-year-old, Michael Ramos, crashed on Banister Lane.

He faces charges of auto theft and evading arrest.

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