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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:02 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Oro Valley police arrested a man Friday afternoon suspected in a foiled break-in attempt early that morning.

The man, Michael Mongan, 51, smashed the window of a house on Calle Del Carnero in La Reserve while trying to break in, said Lt. Chris Olson of the Oro Valley Police Department.

Olson said Mongan’s in-laws live in the home, near First Avenue and Oracle Road.

At1:30 a.m. Friday, the homeowners phoned police to report an attempted burglary. When police arrived, Mongan had fled, but they pursued him after finding a trail of blood leading away from the house.

Mongan had suffered a gash to his thumb when he broke the window, Olson said.

“We were able to track him through the neighborhood just following the blood,” the lieutenant added.

Officers were unable to locate Mongan. Thinking the man had lost a life-threatening amount of blood, police called on the U.S. Border Patrol’s BORSTAR trauma and rescue unit to assist in the search. Border authorities also dispatched a Blackhawk helicopter to scour the desert hills for Mongan. The aircraft circled the area for several hours before the search effort was called off about 10 a.m.

Police continued to search for Mongan in town until he was spotted and captured Friday afternoon at Fry’s food store at First and Oracle.

Mongan had likely hidden in the Cañada del Oro or under the Oracle Road bridge that spans the wash, Olson said.

Despite the amount of blood officers saw at the scene, Olson said Mongan’s injury appeared minor.

Mongan was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of attempted burglary.

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