MD Senior Holds Burglar At Gunpoint

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    MD Senior Holds Burglar At Gunpoint

    wjz.com - Senior Citizen Holds Burglar At Gunpoint

    PASADENA, Md. (WJZ) ― A senior citizen in Pasadena caught a burglar in his home and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Tom Walker told Suzanne Collins he just didn't want the young man to get away with it.

    Erick Bjorntwedt, 22, headed to the courthouse on four counts of burglary and destruction of property. Police say he went on a crime spree in Pasadena until he was stopped by a 74-year-old homeowner dressed in long johns.

    "He came in, I put the pistol up toward his head. I said, `Get down on the floor.' I said, `No, get down with your face on the floor,'" Tom Walker said.

    Walker said he left out the expletives he used when confronting the burglar in his home at 4 a.m.

    It started with a planter base used to smash a side window. Security bars prevented entry. Then the rear sliding door was smashed. Walker ran into the burglar in the garage, going through his wife's car.

    "I'm no hero. I'm just trying to protect my house and my wife. At our age, we don't want to be bothered with people stealing stuff like that," he said.

    The suspect ran into the house where Pat Walker faced him in the kitchen. She also stood up against the suspect. He tried to get out of her kitchen door, so she put her foot up to prevent him from getting out until her husband came back with the gun.

    Police say it worked out this time, but confronting a burglar isn't the best idea because they could be armed.

    "If you're able to flee the residence, we would rather you flee instead of taking on the suspect as this individual did," said Sgt. John Gilmer.

    Walker says he's happy the suspect didn't realize the gun was really his grandchildren's air pistol.

    At least three other neighbors were also victims and a fourth man had tools and a checkbook stolen from his car.
    Not sure I would face down a burglar with an airsoft pistol.
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    "If you're able to flee the residence, we would rather you flee instead of taking on the suspect as this individual did"

    What a fool...Sounds like MD is ripe pickings for home invaders with cops like Sgt. Gilmer around. As far as the airsoft pistol goes, you're right. I'd rather have a butcher knife. The elderly (having lived to be elderly,) should have learned by now that they are presumed to be soft targets for wolves. This couple got off lucky...They could both very well be dead right now.
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    Everything is a weapon, even a toy (!).

    Myself though I would not trust my life to chance, a toy...and a criminal being compliant.

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    WOW good thing he didnt realize it was a toy!! That could have turned out to be a totally different story!!

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    "If you're able to flee the residence, we would rather you flee instead of taking on the suspect as this individual did"

    Depends on the homeowner. If it was my timid and frail Grandmother on my Mom's side, I'd rather she just run out the door to a neighbor.

    If it was my wife's Grandfather (also CCW), then I have no problems with him standing his ground (with a real gun, though).

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