Last week in the small township of Perry ConcealedCarry.com has learned of a little bit of frontier justice that took place. While this is not your normal Defensive Gun Use, it is certainly something for which an armed citizen deserves a lot of plaudits for. After all, it’s not every day that you both capture and detain a local gun thief by yourself.
The thief in this incident goes by the name of Pete Lopez. Pete had been staying at the residence of our armed citizen with the armed citizen’s daughter off and on for a few weeks, but things started to get a little bit hairy around the house after the armed citizen/homeowner suspected Lopez of stealing firearms from him.
Originally Lopez denied the claims, even after the homeowner simply asked that his guns be returned to him. After that, the homeowner took it upon himself to do a bit of investigation into the matter.
Eventually, Lopez admitted to the homeowner that he did not have his guns anymore because they had been sold to a drug dealer in New Castle in exchange for $350.00 worth of narcotics. However, Lopez was able to purchase the guns back from the drug dealer for $200.00 and the plan was to bring them back to the homeowner.
So when Lopez pulled back in with the guns for the homeowner, he believed that this whole ordeal was over, but the homeowner decided that this situation had gone too far and had gone on for too long and that it was time to teach the thief a lesson he would never forget.
After receiving the firearms back, the homeowner grabbed one from Lopez’s stash and loaded it before pointing the gun at Lopez and holding him at gunpoint until the police that were called arrived at the residence.
As the police took Lopez away, they found that he had several prior convictions including robbery, burglary, and carrying a firearm without a license. It certainly seemed like Lopez had gone back to his old ways as he was charged with nearly identical crimes for this ordeal, however now they are felonies.
So all in all a story of a criminal being outsmarted and outmaneuvered by an armed citizen who may have taught Lopez the greatest lesson of all. You do the crime, you do the time.
What do you think of this story? Was the homeowner right to manage so much of this issue by himself or should he have more immediately have called on law enforcement?Let us know in the comments below.