Homeowner Takes Law Into His Own Hands

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    Homeowner Takes Law Into His Own Hands

    Morgan County, Alabama

    May 27, 2010

    Homeowner Takes Law Into His Own Hands

    The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department says a man on East Lacon Road took the law into his own hands. Dispatchers received a 911 call that the homeowner was holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint.

    The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department says it all started Tuesday when the victim noticed someone had kicked in the door to his home that he was moving out of.
    The would be burglar returned Wednesday morning.
    “As soon as he pulled in the driveway the door was standing open again. This time some of his belongings were piled in a pile,” said Investigator Robert Newman.

    So the homeowner camped out and waited until dark.
    “This individual comes up on the porch kind of looked around, turned around and stepped in,” said Investigator Robert Newman.
    Investigator Robert Newman says Kenneth Michael Stewart walked straight to the pile of belongings he planned to steal.
    “As he stepped in he pushed the door shut and there the homeowner was with the shotgun leveled at him,” said Investigator Newman.
    Investigator Newman says Stewart cooperated with the homeowner until deputies arrived.

    Even though this worked out in this situation, officers do not recommend taking these extreme measures to protect your home.
    “In that situation it could’ve gone bad. If he had had to shoot his girlfriend was sleeping in the bedroom on the other side of the suspect. If he had had to of shoot it wouldn’t have been good,” said Investigator Robert Newman.

    Kenneth Michael Stewart is being held in Morgan County jail on $7,500 bond on two counts of burglary.


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    A burglar apprehended without any shots fired is “taking the law into your own hands”?
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    Thankfully it turned out good. No one got shot, but the homeowner camping out and waiting could look bad for him. However, getting the police to respond and be able to apprehend the burglar in the act without endangering the homeowner and his girlfriend would be harder than winning the lottery.
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    Down here the Cops woulda gave him a medal
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    To my way of thinking, Taking the Law into your hands would mean, apprehending, and hanging the BG from the nearest tree with a rope around his neck untill dead.

    That would even be a problem here in Texas.

    But shooting him in the gut would be considered Self Defense.

    I'm shaking my head that Alabama's LEOs would even be caught quoting that kind of thinking..........


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    Man, by the title I was expecting a story of revenge, or something.

    The homeowner knew he was a target, so he took proactive measures.

    Now he gets scrutinized for taking 'extreme measures'. Would the officers come and waited, had he called them?
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    Newman's an idiot.
    The cops probably would've taken a report and said call again if the guy comes back - not bashing, just the way it works, nothing else for them to do at that point.
    Stewart's just lucky as Al has a Castle Doctrine and it's just b/c of the homeowner's restraint, patience and mercy he is still alive. Title should say "Burglar lucky to be alive as homeowner shows restraint and mercy"

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    If it is still his house...the he has every right to be there....regardless of the time of day.

    Kicking this around....had he called the police ahead of time, what do you think the chances would be that a LEO would stay at the house to arrest the perp?


    uh huh....yep...none...

    The PD would have taken a report...and it would have ended their "investigation"
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    Apparently "taking the law into your own hands" is liberal reporter-speak for the homeowner doing anything beyond the phone call to police.
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    I truly applaud the outcome. But, I think the homeowner took a fairly risky
    decision. It could have gone badly for him in a variety of ways.

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    In FL, if an intruder is in your home, he is assumed to be armed. As long as you don't shoot him while fleeing, you are within your rights. HOWEVER, given a choice, I'd rather save the ammo... and blood makes a horrible stain.
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    [QUOTE=Horsetrader;1638189]Apparently "taking the law into your own hands" is liberal reporter-speak for the homeowner doing anything beyond the phone call to police.[/QUOTE


    ^^^^^^^^^YEP^^^^^^^^^^^
    I'll go with this one.

    Same old same old.
    Be a victim, or defend yourself and property, and some yardbird has to label you a borderline vigilante
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horsetrader View Post
    Apparently "taking the law into your own hands" is liberal reporter-speak for the homeowner doing anything beyond the phone call to police.
    That was a rather negitive spin on the whole incident.
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    Good on the homeowner. Screw the media and their LE lacky.

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    Despite the PC and media hassle, it was still his castle. And he could have killed this burglar, because he was a robber when he invaded that man's home, since they were alone.

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    Down here the Cops woulda gave him a medal
    Yea, Makes their job easy.
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