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Burglary suspect jumps face-first into row of cacti plants

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 09:19:04-04

A burglary suspect learned the hard way that breaking the law can come with painful consequences.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office says Matthew Vaughn, 27, and Jeremy Cyphers, 23 - both of Niagara Falls - broke into a home on Harvey Road on Grand Island around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday wearing masks and gloves.

When deputies arrived, they say Vaughn tried to escape. He ran out of the house only to run back inside when he encountered deputies and locked the door behind him. A deputy broke through the door and ordered Vaughn to surrender. But instead of doing so, investigators say he jumped from a window and landed face-first into a row of cacti plants.

With Vaughn in custody, deputies then began searching for the other suspect. They found Cyphers a short time later hiding in the basement.

Both men are facing felony burglary and grand larceny charges and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

Vaughn is facing an additional charge of resisting arrest.

 Deputies also recovered a pillow case stuffed with stolen items.

Vaughn and Cyphers are locked up at the Erie County Holding Center.