Good Neighbors with Guns Detain Man Who Broke into a Michigan Home with Children Inside

by J Pelkey
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Good neighbors with guns detained a man accused of breaking into a home with children inside until police arrived.

The two neighbors with pistols detained a 32-year-old St. Charles man during an alarming post-Thanksgiving outburst that began seemingly as a public rant and progressed into a break-in.

Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Miguel Gomez told MLive that the neighbors likely prevented anyone from getting hurt and that the suspect appeared to be on drugs.

Just after 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a neighborhood in St. Charles where residents reported a disorderly man was “jumping on a car and yelling”, Gomez said.

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The situation escalated, and the man went into the home of a 41-year-old woman who lives with her children, ages 13 and 9, both of whom were home during the break-in.

Watching the situation were two neighbors, armed and carrying concealed pistol licenses, who then “rushed to the scene to stop the home invasion,” Gomez said.

About 20 minutes later, the two neighbors had the man detained until deputies arrived two minutes later, Gomez said.

“No injuries occurred due to the quick action of the two citizens that took control of the suspect shortly after him gaining entry into the home,” Gomez said. “It is unknown what the suspect’s intentions were, but he did appear to be under the influence of drugs.”

The suspect will face arraignment on charges of first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 — according to the MLive report.

The suspect’s name has not been publicly released at this time, but he is said to be 32-years-old.

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