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Como man forces burglar from home at gunpoint

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Intruder caught by deputy across the street

A Dike man forced out of a Como residence he broke into early Sunday morning was apprehended a short time later walking in the front yard across the street. The burglar reportedly didn’t initially respond when the resident fired a warning shot in the air, only taking off after a second round was fired into the ground near him.

Mike Gonzales Jr. of Dike remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning on the second-degree felony burglary of habitation charge. Bond was set at $25,000 on the charge, according to jail reports.

The East Main Street resident called 911 about 5:15 a.m. Sunday to report the break-in, according to sheriff’s reports. The Como resident told deputy Alvin Jordan he heard his mother-in-law screaming, then heard a loud noise at the back door at the side of the residence. He ran into the dining room and saw the back door had been opened and a man was trying to get inside. The resident ran back to his bedroom, grabbed a handgun and approached the man, who at that point was standing in his home, according to arrest reports.

The resident said he pushed the intruder back out of the residence, then fired a shot in the air to try to scare the man off. The intruder at first just stood there. So, the resident fired rounds into the ground and above the man. Only then, did the intruder run off. Once the burglar left, the resident called 911 and stood guard until deputies arrived, Jordan noted on arrest reports.

When Jordan arrived in the area, he saw a man walking in front of the Dollar Store, just west of the residence where the break-in was reported. The man continued walking east through the yard across the street from the burglary. The deputy contacted the complainant to ask him about the burglary and whether the resident knew the man walking nearby. According to Jordan, the male resident said he did not know the man.

The deputy then approached and detained the pedestrian, identified as  29-year-old Mike Gonzales Jr. of Dike, to ask him where he was going. While he was doing so, the male resident walked closer to get a better look at the man. At that point, the resident identified the man as the person he caught breaking into his residence. The woman also identified the man as the person who made entry into their home, Jordan noted on arrest reports.

Gonzales was arrested at that point for the burglary.

 

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