When Randy Magdeleno arrived home Wednesday morning, he found three burglary suspects running around his Houston home. It was a terrifying situation, he said, but thankfully he had his gun to protect him.
The problem was, the .22LR bolt-action rifle was unloaded. But the burglars didn't know that.
The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Magdeleno said he heard voices as soon as he entered his home after dropping his wife off at work.
“So I grabbed my rifle and I came around through here in my kitchen,” he told KHOU-TV. “It was scary, I didn’t know what I was walking into and hearing people running around inside my house at the same time. I didn’t know if they were carrying weapons around or not.”
After retrieving his rifle, Magdelena ordered two juveniles to the floor. The third suspect was upstairs but the homeowner was able to order him on the floor as well.
"I sneaked up on them and told them to lay on the ground on their stomachs," he said.
"I wanted to keep them calm because I was outnumbered and you know, like I said, at anytime if they felt fear, I know they would have overtaken me," he added.
While he had all three suspects detained at gunpoint, he speed dialed his wife and told her to call 911. Police arrived minutes later and took the three juveniles into custody.
It was really the best outcome anyone could've asked for. KPRC-TV reports the suspects were just 14-years-old.
A short time later, one of the suspect's father brought his son back to Magdeleno's house and made him apologize for the attempted robbery.
The Northwest Houston neighborhood where the robbery occurred has apparently been hit with a number of burglaries recently -- and homeowners are tired of it.
"We aren't going to put up with this," one woman said.
As we've pointed out in the past, breaking into a Texas home is not advised. Burglars enter at your own risk.
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