WOWT.com reported yet another use of a firearm to stop a crime in which a single shot was never fired. We love reporting stories like this because they happen VERY often and they never get picked up by major media outlets because they aren’t as dramatic.
Not only was no one hurt in this story, but two thieves were taken off the streets. And this never would have happened without a gun owner in the situation. Of course, the dog alerted the family to the thieves presence, but the thieves would have just run away without the homeowner having a gun.
The hot weather prompted the Davis family to cookout Sunday, July 7th. But the cookout ended when their dog Scooby started barking toward their backyard.
“When I came around the corner there was a vehicle parked right out here in our alley, and I hadn’t noticed at first but there was a guy completely under the hood of my husbands truck,” said Jaynessa Davis, homeowner.
Two men the Davis’ had never seen before were rummaging under the hood of their truck.
“When she said what are you doing, he said oh we are just trying to get a battery,” said Dan Davis, homeowner.
Seeing they were trying to steal, Jaynessa called for her husband. But the suspects pulled out a hatchet.
“I come out here and I grab a broom handle and get the guys to drop the hatchet and then after that I had my daughter go get the gun for me,” said Davis.
Davis pointed the gun at the suspects telling them not to move. He said the suspects doubted his seriousness for a second, but their attitudes changed with one move.
“I cocked the gun and told them, you wanna bet, run,” said Davis.
They didn’t run, but waited 40 minutes for law enforcement to arrive.
Blake Maslonka, 19, was arrested along with a 17 year-old.
Two days after the event, Dan said they doing fine, most happy with their four legged savior, Scooby.
They are also happy law enforcement supported their actions.
“And I kind of asked them, I said uh, I ain’t going to be in trouble for having my gun at them, he said no. They are pretty lucky you didn’t shoot them,” said Davis.
The suspects were arrested on several misdemeanor charges including theft. Maslonka is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.