A man in Coralville, Iowa used his handgun to stop a car thief who was found in his vehicle in his driveway on Wednesday, according to kcrg.com.
Police are saying that they don’t recommend the actions of the homeowner, even though they are perfectly legal.
“I don’t think there’s anything legally he did that was wrong,” said Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford. “It turned out very well, but the potential was there that it could have been disastrous.”
According to a Coralville police criminal complaint, the homeowner of a residence on 19th Avenue caught 22-year-old James L. Travis, Jr. inside the homeowner’s vehicle at 7:44 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the Travis was dressed in black and wearing a black stocking cap.
The suspect was held in the homeowner’s car at gunpoint until police arrived.
Iowa law does allow for citizens to make a citizen’s arrest, and while there was nothing illegal about what the homeowner did, the Coralville police were quick to inform that it can be dangerous.
Bedford said when police arrive on the scene and see one person holding a gun on another, they might not be able to tell right away who is the potential threat.
“When police respond, they’ll focus on the perceived threat,” he said. “The person with the gun, they don’t know if he’s the good guy or the bad guy and if they do anything that can be interpreted as a threat to the officer, the officer is going to respond.”
Police said that the burglar has two previous burglary convictions from October 2013. He was arrested and faces one count of third-degree burglary – second or subsequent offense.
Once again a gun owner was able to stop a crime because we still have the 2nd amendment, much to the dismay of the anti-gunners. These stories just keep coming.