LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The quick thinking of a concerned neighbor has two would-be burglars facing charges after catching them breaking into a home.
Police say just before noon Friday, D'quan Adams and Merrimon Linen, both 19 years old and from Lawton, were arrested after a man caught them burglarizing his neighbor's home. It happened on Northwest Hilltop Road, just off Northwest Fort Sill Boulevard and Rogers Lane. He told police he was alerted by his wife after she saw some young men acting suspiciously in the neighborhood.
The neighbor wasn't sure what he was going to find after talking to his wife, so he grabbed his gun for added protection. He says people work too hard to have their life's savings stolen by people who don't work.
"So I just walked down the street on the other side of the house just to see if I can see someone over in our neighbor's yard. By that time, three young men ran out of the back of the house with TVs and stuff in their hands," the man said.
He says the young men were loading the stolen property into the back of a car parked at an abandoned house at the end of the street. It was at that point he took his gun out of his pocket in an effort to stop the three men. Two did what they were told, the other man ran away.
"Those two I apprehended, had them to get out of the car, walk around the street and lay face down on the street and I hollered at my wife and asked her to call the police until they got there," he said.
The man says while waiting on the police to arrive, the men did offer up a reason to why they broke into his neighbor's home.
"They needed money for his mother, who was dying of cancer. The other young man said his wife was due to have a baby."
He soon found out this wasn't the first time these young men were involved in illegal activity. They told him they had just gotten out of jail for the same crime, something the neighbor says made him think of his family during the entire ordeal.
"I thought about how young my grandkids are and these was young kids. I was just saying 'lord do not let one of these kids advance toward me, because I do not want to shoot one of these kids.' I wouldn't want nobody to hurt one of my kids," he said.
Linen and Adams were booked into the Lawton City Jail. They both face charges of second-degree burglary and resisting a police. The third suspect remains at large.
According to court records, Linen was just convicted in January for breaking and entering and was sentenced to six months in jail, but was released early. Adams was out on bond on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. He was awaiting a trial date.