Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Behold the power of armed civilians

© By Othmar Vohringer

News Flash

POINT MARION, Pa. (AP) A 17-year-old is in police custody after an 85-year-old woman held him at gunpoint and forced him to call 911 after police say he broke into her home.
Leda Smith says she heard the boy break into her home about 3 p.m. Monday. She says she grabbed a .22-caliber revolver she started keeping by her bed when a neighbor's home was burglarized a few weeks ago. She lives in Springhill Township, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Smith says she made the boy call the police and then held him at gunpoint until they arrived. Smith says the incident was "exciting" and she's hoping it ends a string of burglaries in the area.
The boy will be tried in Fayette County Juvenile Court. He's not being identified because of his age.

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Tom Sorenson said...

That just awesome! I would have liked to have heard that conversation - "Yeah, ummm, I was trying to rob a little old lady and now she's pointing a gun at me. Can you come pick me up and arrest me, please?"

SimplyOutdoors said...

Ahh, a gun sure is a great equalizer. This story is great. I'm glad to see that this little old lady was able, and not afraid, to protect herself, and that this young punk is going to get exactly what he deserves.

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that it worked out for that nice old lady but, I also hope that if others read this that they realize that an instance like that could of backfired as well.
I'm just trying to keep an open mind if you know what I mean.
I have to say though that if I had a handgun and somebody broke into my house I would have done almost the same thing.

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