SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — A Korean War veteran held a burglary suspect at gunpoint until police arrived, authorities said.
The resident, who lives in the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue, caught a 24-year-old man inside the shop in his backyard just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. The homeowner kept the intruder at gunpoint face down on the floor of the shop until officers arrived.
Nothing had been stolen, according to the news release, but police are requesting burglary charges in Yakima County Superior Court because investigators suspect he jumped a 6-foot fence to reach the shop.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, the homeowner’s wife spotted the intruder after she opened the back door to let the dog out and saw the doors to the shop were open.
The intruder was clad only in boxer shorts and a T-shirt. It was not clear why. The intruder allegedly said he only wanted to use the phone.