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South Carolina: Citizen holds suspected burglar at gunpoient, aids in arrest

June 11, 2009

Merriweather, South Carolina

From the Edgefield Daily of June 3, 2009

Citizen holds suspected burglar at gunpoient, aids in arrest

Citizens doing their part to stop the rash of burglaries paid off after a Richmond County man was taken into custody by an armed homeowner Wednesday afternoon. Jamie Tyler, of Garrett Road, (Left) said he saw the man the Sheriff’s Office was hunting run from behind a shed in his yard and pulled his Glock 9 mm pistol and ordered the man to the ground. “I had my gun on him and yelled at him to get down, get down, or I’ll put you down.” When the suspect turned around and saw the gun pointed at him he complied and deputies arrived moments later to take him into custody.

The manhunt began after another citizen heeded recent pleas from the Sheriff’s Office to call in suspicious vehicles and reported a red Mustang pulling in and out of driveways on Republican Road around 1:30 pm. A nearby deputy responded to the area and spotted a red Mustang parked at a home at 708 Republican Road. Deputy Jessie Robles exited his car to run the license plate and a man emerged from the back corner of the house holding a small fire safe and a jewelry box. When ordered to stop the man dropped the goods and fled into the woods.

Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey and every available deputy converged on the area within minutes setting up a perimeter. “We knew he was still in the area,” Sheriff Dobey said. Edgefield and Aiken County Bloodhound Teams began tracking the suspect as a SLED helicopter circled above. “I called everybody I could for help,” Sheriff Dobey said, “We weren’t going to let him get away.”

A caller reported a man fitting the description running behind Buck Tyler’s Taxidermy on the corner of Garrett Road and Martintown Road which was just a few hundred yards away from the crime scene. Deputies in the area began checking homes and informing residents of the situation. That is when Mr. Tyler said he made sure his children were safe inside of his home and went outside to keep an eye out for the suspect. That is when the man emerged and Mr. Tyler held him at gunpoint until deputies could arrive and cuff him.



Florida: Shooting in Plant City neighborhood

July 1, 2008

Plant City, Florida

From MyFoxTampaBay of July 1, 2008

Shooting in Plant City neighborhood

Dozens of officers responded to a Plant City neighborhood this morning after a wanted felon was spotted there. The search ended with that suspect shot in the foot.

Hillsborough County deputies had issued an alert for Christopher Collins in connection with a robbery and violation of probation. Plant City police say he had also stolen a handgun and bulletproof vests from the homes of deputies.

Police used reverse 911 calls to warn residents that an armed suspect was loose in the area, and based on tips, investigators were able to narrow their search.

It was around 8 a.m. when Collins was spotted running through back yards, and that’s when he allegedly broke into a home on Dawnmeadow Court, apparently trying to hide.

The homeowner, upon his return, did not welcome the intruder.

“He came home to check on his daughter when he discovered the window broken out of his house. So he armed himself with his handgun and checked the house, where he was confronted,” explained Sgt. Dale Peterson of the Plant City Police Department.

The homeowner — whose name is not being released — shot Collins in the foot.

Collins was arrested nearby and taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital.

The 33-year-old has several charges of armed burglary and grand theft on his record.

Rochester Resident Held Purse-Snatching Suspect at Gunpoint

March 8, 2008

Rochester, Massachusetts

From the February 27, 2008 New Bedford [Mass.] Standard Times:

ROCHESTER — Brad Correia had just returned to his home on Mattapoisett Road from a trip to the White Mountains with his wife and two children about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard a knock at the front door.

Mr. Correia, 45, was tucking his 7-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter into bed. His wife went downstairs to see who was at the door and found a young man standing outside asking for help. Before opening the door, she summoned her husband.

“Before I went downstairs, I tucked my .45 into the back of my pants,” Mr. Correia said.

Mr. Correia opened the door and Steven Grover, 18, of New Bedford, reported that his car had broken down on the interstate.

Since the family had just driven home from out of state, they had no way of knowing that a manhunt for three suspects in a purse-snatching was in progress.

“I could see that he was in pretty rough shape,” Mr. Correia said of the unexpected visitor. “His clothes were soaked, he was bleeding and he’d lost one sneaker in the mud when he broke through the ice. I thought that if he were my son, I’d want someone to help him, so I let him in.”

Mr. Correia permitted the fugitive to use the house phone while providing him with hot tea, dry clothes and hot water to soak his chilled feet.

“He made some calls, but he couldn’t get anyone to come and get him,” Mr. Correia said. “He wanted to call a cab, but he had no money, so I said I would pay.”

By then, however, Mr. Correia had grown suspicious of his visitor because his story kept changing as it went along, he said.

“It just didn’t add up, so I called 911 and asked them if they were looking for anyone.”

Based on the description provided by the police, Mr. Correia realized that his guest was a wanted man.

“When it dawned on him that I was talking to the police, he jumped out of his chair. That’s when I pulled my gun. I told him to sit back down, that the police were on their way, and he did.”

“I’ve had my permit since I was 18, and that’s the first time I’ve ever pointed a gun at another human being. I hope I never have to do it again. I tried to be a nice guy, but he had nothing to lose at that point. He knew he was going to jail.”

August 16, 2007

Ellenwood, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of August 16, 2007

Burglar pursued by quick-thinking man, nipped by dog

Thief apprehended after hold-up at Ellenwood truck stop

A security guard on his way to work late Wednesday night helped capture a man police said had just robbed an Ellenwood truck stop.

Vincent Taylor, 40, noticed a man coming out of the Fuel Center on Ga. 42 carrying a gun and large amount of money, said Clayton County police Deputy Chief Tim Robinson. Taylor was on his way to work at Turner Broadcasting, police said.

“Realizing what had occurred, Taylor gave chase on foot,” Robinson said.

The armed robber, later identified by police as Robert C. Flynn II, 21, of Stockbridge, turned and fired at Taylor, Robinson said. Taylor returned fire from his handgun as Flynn ran into nearby woods, police said.

Neither man was hit and Taylor stayed at the truck stop to wait for police, Robinson said.

A K-9 unit was sent into the woods and tracked Flynn down within minutes, Robinson said. Flynn struggled with the dog and was bitten, police said. He was treated at Southern Regional Medical Center before being taken to the Clayton County Jail.

Robinson said the gun Flynn used in the robbery was reported stolen in January 2006 out of DeKalb County. Police said they also recovered more than $1,200 in cash stolen from the Fuel Center.

Flynn is charged with armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property, police said

August 7, 2007

Tracy, California

From the Stockton Record of August 6, 2007

Man holds fleeing burglary suspect at gunpoint

A man held a 17-year-old suspected burglar at gunpoint Friday morning while his wife called 911, police said.

The incident began when two juveniles tried to break into a home in the 1300 block of Dixon Court around 3 a.m. Friday, said Tracy city spokesman Matt Robinson. The home’s burglar alarm, however, scared the teens off. They ran down the street and hopped a fence into the backyard of a home in the 1200 block of Berg Road.

The juveniles didn’t get very far when a resident at that home stepped into his backyard and trained a shotgun on them. One suspect fled back over the fence. The other remained there until police came, Robinson said.

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy from Tracy and turned him over to his parents. The case will be sent to juvenile prosecutors for investigation and possible charges. Police are still searching for the other suspect, Robinson said.

“We do commend the homeowner for holding onto the subject and protecting his property, but we do want to warn residents it can be very dangerous and they have to be very careful,” Robinson said.

June 26, 2007

Salt Lake City, Utah

From the June 25, 2007 International Herald-Tribune:

SALT LAKE CITY: Authorities said a prison inmate out for a medical appointment wrested a gun from a corrections officer and killed him, then led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen sport utility vehicle before his capture at a fast-food restaurant.

Curtis Allgier, who wears a swastika and the words “skin head” on his heavily tattooed face, fired a shot in the Arby’s restaurant that hit no one before a customer snatched the gun, Salt Lake City police Sgt. Rich Brede said.

“It sounds like he was heroic, even though he’s being humble about it,” he said of the 59-year-old customer.

Police pursuing Allgier placed tire spikes on Interstate 215, but he still was able to drive several miles (kilometers) before bailing out in the Arby’s drive-thru lane, police said.

Police arrived at the eatery just as Shirley Smiley, 57, was outside after breakfast with her husband and son. She said she heard a “popping noise” from inside, and police yelled “Get down!”

About six other customers and three employees were inside the restaurant, Smiley said. At least one person was “struck with some object” but was able to walk out, bloodied around the head, Brede said.

Police did not identify the customer who wrested the gun from Allgier, saying he did not want to be identified.

KUTV identified the customer as Eric Fullerton.

“Everybody’s calling me a hero. I’m not a hero,” Fullerton told the TV station. “I just did what I had to do.”

Allgier had been at the Utah State Prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper on a parole violation. On June 14, he was sentenced to nearly nine years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm but had not been transferred yet to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

May 2, 2007

Lexington, Kentucky

From Lexington’s of May 2, 2007


A Lexington man who was wanted by police was caught yesterday after he was held at gunpoint by a resident of a house he was hiding under. Eric Martin, 21, was apprehended a little before 2 p.m. at 3235 King Arthur Drive. He had hidden in a crawlspace under the house, said Lexington Police Lt. J.J. Lombardi. In recent days, Martin had fled police who had a warrant for his arrest related to an assault, Lombardi said. Several police, U.S. marshals and a police helicopter were in the neighborhood looking for Martin. He ran through several yards before trying to hide. “The resident that lives there held him at gunpoint until police caught up with them,” Lombardi said. Martin faces several charges including assault, burglary and fleeing and evading police.

April 21, 2007

Grants, New Mexico

From the Gallup Independent of April 21, 2007

Grants man holds gun on escapee

A recent failure of an inmate to report back to authorities after a furlough ended in a local resident holding the man at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

After an incident in March 2006, charges were filed against Paul Valdez by the N.M. State Police on numerous counts, including armed robbery, aggravated burglary, two counts of breaking and entering, and the unlawful taking of an automobile.

Recently Valdez was found incompetent to stand trial; so, he was transported early this month by the Sheriff’s Department to Las Vegas, where people are sometimes sent while officials make a determination of their competency to stand trial.

While he was in the Las Vegas institution, his uncle, Gino Valdez Jr., died, and Valdez was to be a pallbearer at the funeral. Valdez was transferred back to the Cibola County Detention Center and was released April 9 on a 24-hour furlough.

His family then drove Valdez back to the detention center, but he never made it inside; instead, he ran across the street from the facility. As soon as law enforcement was notified, a massive police presence initiated a search for the fleeing Valdez.

After a two-hour search, a local resident notified authorities that Valdez had been hiding in the brush and bushes. The resident had a gun and had made Valdez lie down on the ground until authorities arrived. Valdez did not resist. He is now back in custody.

Although all ended well, the outcome could have been worse.

“(If) that citizen had shot Valdez, this could have been a different story. As citizens, you do have the right to make a felony arrest in your presence, but you cannot use undue force. There is a fine line there, so check on the laws first or you may be explaining your actions before a jury of your peers,” Hall said.

Valdez now faces additional charges of escape from a criminal detention center.

May 9, 2006

Yazoo City, Mississippi

From Jackson’s of May 8, 2006

Yazoo Homeowners Help Capture Escaped Inmate

An escaped inmate in Yazoo County is back behind bars.

Accused bank robber Torry Solomon escaped from the Yazoo County jail early Thursday morning along with a fellow inmate Charlie Jones.

The Yazoo County sheriff said Solomon was walking near Regan Drive when a woman spotted him walking toward her home.

The woman told her husband, who got a gun, and held Solomon until the sheriff’s department picked him up.

Solomon was being held for a string of robberies in several metro area counties. Jones was captured last Thursday.

April 9, 2006

Paris, Texas

From the Paris News of April 9, 2006

Local resident shoots bank robber in leg

When the man suspected of robbing a branch office of People’s National Bank hours earlier walked into Johnny Piper’s yard near Slabtown Thursday night, the 34-year-old Lamar County native says he first thought the man to be a dog-handler involved in the manhunt that was then ranging along the nearby Sulphur River bottom.

Minutes later, and after several warnings, Piper says he told Michael Paul Hammonds, 32, to “stop or I’ll shoot.”

“The dogs at that point got away from him and hunkered to the ground,” Piper recalled Saturday about the incident, explaining he followed Hammonds out his driveway from his back porch.

Piper pulled the trigger, sending a 20-gauge shotgun shell through both of Hammonds’ legs, ending a five-hour manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies, a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and tracking dogs from the Choice Moore State Jail in Bonham.

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