Thursday, August 11, 2005

Michigan: Homeowner captures break-in suspect: "Isabella County sheriff's deputies didn't have to look very far for the man they believe broke into a Fremont Township garage and tried to get into a nearby home; the suspect was facing the business end of the homeowner's shotgun. The homeowner, Rust Brown, said his grandparents were murdered in a home invasion in Kingman, Ariz., on Feb. 26, 1999, and he wasn't about to let something like that happen again. Brown was awakened by his wife, Shannon Brown, 30, early Wednesday morning when she heard a noise, according to a sheriff's department report. The Browns discovered a screen had been removed and the window opened. Rust Brown grabbed his 12-gauge Winchester shotgun and went outside, following tracks in the wet grass to a nearby 1975 Ford pickup truck. There, he said he found the suspect hiding underneath. 'He was just hiding up in there,' Brown said. Brown is a former security guard, and he had a pair of handcuffs that he put to use."

Ohio: Motel clerk shoots would-be robber: "Police said a desk clerk shot a man who was attempting to rob an east side motel on Saturday night. Officers said that shortly before 9:30 p.m., a man walked into the Super 8 Motel, located at 2055 Brice Rd., showed a gun and demanded money. Police said the desk clerk on duty then shot the alleged robber, Antoine Stephens. Stephens, 20, was transported to Grant Medical Center and was in serious condition on Sunday morning, NBC 4 reported. Police said he would be charged with aggravated robbery. The motel clerk's name was not released. It was unclear as to whether he would be charged."

Man, 71, says he shot burglar: "A 71-year-old Leavenworth man told police Monday that he shot a man who had broken into his home. The homeowner, who lives in the 1100 block of Pawnee Street, told police that he heard someone breaking into his home about 8 a.m. Monday, said Leavenworth Police Maj. Patrick Kitchens. The homeowner said he saw a man standing at the top of a stairway near the garage. The homeowner told police he fired shots at the man, who fled out the door. Police think the intruder is a 24-year-old Lansing man who showed up at a Leavenworth hospital at 10:30 a.m. His injuries were not considered life-threatening. Kitchens said the Leavenworth County attorney would determine whether charges would be filed against the suspect. Prosecutors could also consider charges against the homeowner, Kitchens said, although the decision to use deadly force could be justified if the suspect was committing an aggravated burglary."

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