A suspected burglar got a surprise as he tried to sneak into an Old West Side home late Sunday night: A woman pointing a gun at him.
Longview police said the woman heard a man later identified as Joshua Robert Pratt, 25, of Longview opening the front door of her home in the 1800 block of Larch Street just before midnight Sunday. According to police, she grabbed her husband’s 9mm handgun and confronted the burglar, who was slowly opening the door and creeping into the house when he spotted the woman with the gun.
The 49-year-old woman yelled and the intruder quickly stepped back onto the porch, police said. The woman’s husband then took the gun and pointed it at the man, who begged, “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” police said.
The intruder ran off. The couple noticed the key they usually hide outside was stuck in the door’s lock.
The woman later identified Pratt from a photo, according to a police report.
On Monday, an investigator interviewed Pratt, who lives about two blocks away in the 1500 block of 19th Avenue. He denied knowning anything about the incident, but police booked him into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary.
Police said it was one of several Old West Side burglaries reported over the weekend. Tools and equipment were stolen from a garage in the 1900 block of Louisiana Street early Sunday morning. In another incident, a bike was taken from a shed in the 1300 block of 20th Avenue. In yet another case, photo equpment was stolen Saturday morning from a car in a garage in the 1300 block of 21st Avenue.
Police said they are investigating whether any of these burglaries are connected.
The bike was recovered Monday morning after a woman confronted a suspected burglar who was breaking into her garage. The burglar fled, leaving the bike behind.