Skip to comments.Basalt police: Pistol-packing neighbors nab Willits intruder(CO)
Posted on 05/05/2010 4:48:21 AM PDT by marktwain
A 19-year-old midvalley man allegedly picked the wrong neighborhood to try to burglarize Sunday night.
Two homeowners in the Willits neighborhood drew pistols to defend themselves against alleged intruder Nahum Obed Herrera of the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park, Basalt police Sgt. Roderick O'Connor said. One homeowner used a .38-caliber pistol to scare Herrera off when she heard him trying to get in her house, O'Connor said. The other homeowner used a 9-mm pistol to capture and subdue the suspect until police arrived a few minutes later.
O'Connor said Herrera is lucky the incident ended peacefully.
If he had threatened them, he would have been shot, O'Connor said. You go busting into a house, they don't know what your intent is.
Homeowner Avi Manges said she became suspicious that there might be someone outside her house around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, when one of her dogs got agitated. She got up to investigate and realized she wasn't hearing her daughter, who lives in an upstairs apartment. She retrieved her .38-caliber pistol and returned to the area where she heard the sounds.
I hollered, Who's there? I've got a gun,' Manges said.
After her warning, the intruder raised his face to peer in the glass pane of an outside door, Manges said. He fled after spotting her and the pistol.
Manges said she kept the gun pointed up with the safety on and didn't want to use it except as a deterrent. She said she learned how to fire rifles at an early age while growing up in Texas but only learned how to handle a handgun a couple of years ago. She took lessons from an instructor and practiced at the Basalt shooting range.
Manges' daughter called police, and the first officer on the scene, Mike Taylor, determined that the intruder took
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You go busting into a house, they don’t know what your intent is. Huh? Officer, please say that again. I believe I would know what their intent is.
The dirtbag claims he was too drunk to know what he was doing. He does remember the guns being pointed at him. “They should be arrested” he claims.
Well, he’s a victim, don-cha-know. Obama told him so!
I think he meant: "The occupants have no way of knowing if the intruder just means to steal, or intends to rape and murder, so it is prudent for occupants to assume the worst".
Try imagining how lucky you are to be alive!
Each of those weapons could have legally ended your life!
Lucky for him he wasn’t shot.
Hope this young man sees this as an opportunity to turn his life around.
Way to go, fellow western Coloradans ! We are armed ! Even in liberal-land Basalt!
One of them should have had the smarts to wait for him to break in and then give him a whole lotta lead love.
She got up to investigate and realized she wasn’t hearing her daughter, WHO LIVES IN AN UPSTAIRS APARTMENT.
SHE KEPT THE GUN POINTED UP with the safety on and didn’t want to use it except as a deterrent.
Anyone else catch that?
Two words: Low Ready!