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Burglary suspects held at gunpoint by Wolfe County homeowner


WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A couple of suspected burglars got more than they bargained for when the sheriff's office says they broke into a Wolfe County home.

They say the homeowner turned the tables on them and managed to keep them from running off before officials arrived.

The Wolfe County Sheriff's Office calls it unusual, saying they found two burglary suspects held on the ground by a homeowner when they arrived.

The deputy sheriff tells us those suspects are Jasper Tate, 40 and Matthew Marshall, 31. It happened Tuesday afternoon on Stamper Branch Road when a man says he came home to find one suspect on his porch and the other running around the side of his house.

Both armed with knives, the deputy sheriff says the homeowner took control of the situation and got both of them on the ground at gunpoint.

"So at that time, he pulled his gun out and told them to get on the ground," said Deputy Sheriff Albert Lykins, with the Wolfe County Sheriff's Office. "That time they didn't, so he fired one warning shot up in the air. Then they complied to his commands."

Both suspects are charged with criminal mischief, trespassing, and possession of a controlled substance. Marshall was also charged with public intoxication. More charges are pending in the case.

The homeowner reported that nothing seems to be missing from his home. And no one was injured.

The sheriff deputy also told us a large quantity of prescription pills was found in the vehicle that the suspects were in.


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