Utah: Armed Layton homeowner captures home invader

Layton, Utah

From ABC4 of December 12, 2007

Armed Layton homeowner captures home invader

A man who broke into a Layton home early Wednesday morning got an unexpected surprise when he got inside.

The home intruder had the tables turned on him, but why he broke into the home is a mystery.

Police say around 4:30 Wednesday morning, 31-year-old Kurt Wrangler busted through the front door of a Layton home in the block of 1450 West 1150 North. He then tried kicking down the door of an eighteen-year-old girl who was sleeping in her room. With all the commotion, the girl’s father woke up, grabbed his gun and confronted Wrangler, holding the man at gun point until police arrived.

“There is obviously always a danger if a gun is involved, regardless of who is yielding [it]. However, in your own home, it’s perfectly legal to protect yourself,” says Sgt. Mark Chatlin of the Layton Police Department.

Wrangler was booked in Davis County Jail and is facing charges of criminal mischief, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

Luckily no one was hurt, and police say Wrangler’s intentions remain unclear. Nothing was taken from the home, and police say Wrangler seemed disoriented and may suffer from some type of mental illness.

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