Port Adelaide player Paddy Ryder has carried out a citizen’s arrest after a group of intruders allegedly tried to break into his home, the football club has confirmed to the ABC.
A group of intruders tried to break into the 30-year-old AFL star’s Henley Beach home about 4.15am on Thursday.
The men fled in a car, which police said was stolen earlier in the night from a property in Largs Bay.
While Ryder’s wife called police, the footballer followed the men in his car to West Lakes Boulevard, where the stolen car had crashed.
Ryder then apprehended one 19-year-old man in a citizen’s arrest, but two other people ran from the scene.
“This has obviously been a traumatic experience for Patrick and his family,” Port Adelaide general manager of football Chris Davies said in a statement.
“The matter was reported to police at the time and the family and the football club have co-operated with efforts to find and apprehend the offenders involved.”
A 19-year-old has been charged with offences including serious criminal trespass and theft and has been refused police bail.
South Australia police were still searching for two other men on Thursday night.
Ryder joined his teammates for training on Thursday, mere hours after the alleged intrusion and citizen arrest.
The Port Adelaide ruckman will play in Port Adelaide’s first match of the 2018 AFL Season at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.