Grandfather pulls pistol on man breaking into his home

Grandfather pulls pistol on man breaking into his home (Image 1)

A grandfather pulled a pistol on an intruder and held him hostage until police arrived.

It happened Wednesday morning in a rural part of Portland.

The 52-year-old grandfather, who did not want to be named, was home on vacation from his job as a truck driver.

He told News 2 that earlier that morning he noticed items in his house were out of place, so he decided to carry his pistol around the property.

That’s when 27-year-old Richard Watkins stumbled out of a nearby field.

“Some wild man comes out of the weeds towards me at the house. He comes walking over toward me I could tell he was messed up,” said the homeowner.

“I don’t know really what to think and I don’t know really why he thought he had to talk to me but he had a pair of gloves of mine on. I pulled my gun out and put it to his forehead and told him to sit down and called 911 and I’m thinking I don’t want to shoot this guy.”

The homeowner held Watkins at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the area and found a realistic looking pellet gun with a silencer in a pile of weeds.

Watkins was arrested and booked into the Sumner County Jail. He has been charged with five counts of aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

Authorities believe he could be responsible for other crimes in the area.

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