Wednesday, February 25, 2009

South Carolina: Homeowner holds suspect at bay in pool

Lexington County, South Carolina

From The State of February 21, 2009
Homeowner holds suspect at bay in pool

A Lexington County man suffered cuts — but still was able to detain a man police say was caught breaking into his home Thursday.

The homeowner held the man — at gunpoint — in his swimming pool.

Ruben Silva-Aguilar, 19, of Lexington, was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with the incident, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said. Silva-Aguilar is being held at the county detention center, awaiting a bail hearing.

Reports indicate a homeowner on Gilbert Springs Court near Batesburg-Leesville arrived home Thursday as a burglary was taking place.

According to reports, items were being carried out of the home’s back door when the homeowner was cut on the arm with a knife. The homeowner managed to throw the man into the pool.

Deputies responded at about 3:35 p.m. to a call about a burglary in progress, Metts said. A neighbor directed them to the home’s backyard, where they found the homeowner — armed with a rifle — had forced the suspect to stand in the middle of the in-ground pool, reports say.

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