Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Indiana: Man Holds Would-Be Robber At Gunpoint

Muncie, Indiana

From the Indy Channel of September 2, 2008
Man Holds Would-Be Robber At Gunpoint

A Muncie man whose home was burglarized Monday held a would-be robber at gunpoint after waiting in the dark for two hours to see if the burglars would return, police said.

Michael Angel returned home Monday evening to find his back door open and several items missing from his home, 6News' Jennifer Carmack reported.

He said he called police to make a report and then talked to neighbors, who said they'd seen a few people and a black pickup truck near his home that day.

Angel said he wanted to see if the burglars would come back, so he sat in a back room in the dark with his gun. After two hours, Angel said he saw a pickup truck that matched his neighbors' pull up to the back of the house.

"I heard the guy enter the house and he was shuffling through stuff in my room," he said.

Angel said he walked down the hall with his rifle, cocked the gun and turned on the light.

"I started screaming at him and he dove onto the ground," he said. "I didn't want to shoot anybody, but I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if the guy had a gun or not."

Angel said he called 911 and held the man -- later identified as Michael Boykin, 50 -- at gunpoint until police arrived.

"I think people around here should take a lesson and be more vigilant of the neighborhood and not rely so much on the police, because they're busy enough, and rely more on themselves and their neighbors," Angel said.

Boykin was arrested and preliminarily charged with burglary. Police said he has a lengthy criminal history, including a previous burglary conviction and several other theft arrests. Police are investigating if he may be connected to several other break-ins in the area.

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