Friday, January 05, 2007

Would Be Burgler Gets More Than He Anticipated

When I read this article in the Dallas Morning News earlier today, I had to laugh.

Note: I would not recommend the actions taken by the homeowner in this instance to anyone. The altercation ended well this time, but the situation would have been much different with a more seasoned goblin.


A Red Bird-area homeowner turned the tables on a gun-toting burglar Wednesday night, taking the weapon away from him and beating him up with it.

The suspect, identified by police as 21-year-old Marquis D. Anderson, ended up in a local hospital.
This was not the goblins first home to burglarize that night, but it sure was his last.

"When the police got him, he wasn't able to talk," said Steven Flowers, a neighbor whose home was also burglarized. "He got beat bad. I wish it had been me [who delivered the beating]. I would have done the same thing."

Mr. Flowers, who lives on Greenspan Avenue near Interstate 35E and Camp Wisdom Road, arrived home shortly after 6 p.m. to find that his home had been burglarized. The burglar had kicked in a rear door and stolen jewelry and a handgun.

"I noticed the lights on in my house," said Mr. Flowers, who has lived there about eight years. "I could see a silhouette, peeking out of the window of my den. I left and called 911."
Mr. Flowers did what many would recommend to anyone coming home to find it being burglarized. Leave the area and call the police. It is the safest plan of action to ensure you do not come to harm. Some might suggest that you do not leave, just move down the block aways to keep an eye on the house and the goblin while you call 911.

When the goblin knew he was made, did he stop "working" for the night? Nope.
Police records show that the suspect fled that home and broke into a neighboring home in the 7600 block of Woodspan Drive. That homeowner, Prentice McKinney, arrived home to find his front bedroom light on, his front window busted out and a man looking out the window at him, records state.
Same scenario as before, but a much different ending for the goblin:

Mr. Flowers said that Mr. McKinney went into the home through the window and confronted the burglar. Police said the suspect fired a shot at Mr. McKinney, but it hit a wall instead.

"He said by the time the guy realized he was in the house, he had already pounced on him and beat him up pretty bad," Mr. Flowers said. "He can't remember how he got the gun from him. He said he just had so much adrenaline pumping, he just kind of lost it."

The burglar had tried to steal two handguns and jewelry from that home, a report said.

When police arrived, they found the unconscious burglar in a pool of blood on the hallway floor.

Mr. McKinney had a cut to his right arm and was treated at the scene but told police he would take himself to the hospital to be checked out.
I would never recommend an unarmed person enter a house knowing there is a goblin inside. But... you gotta like the end results of this incident.

Just for the record, this was not the goblins first rodeo:
late November, Mr. Anderson was arrested on suspicion of burglary of a habitation. He was released from the Dallas County jail on $2,500 bail.

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