© By Othmar Vohringer
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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