Homeowner protects property, captures burglary suspects

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Mike Rios, a homeowner who has been burglarized numerous times, would not let it happen again. He caught people in the act and fired at them.

It happened Thursday around 1 p.m., at a home in the 500 block of Grand Avenue in Longview.

Rios says this was one pair of burglars he was not going to let get away.

"I've had several incidents of people breaking into this house and taking my stuff," said Rios. "[It's] very frustrating and I just got fed up with it. I'm poor as a possum, poor as a hungry possum. As a matter of fact, I don't have anything - don't have any money. [I've] been out of work eight months."

Being unemployed, he is very protective of his possessions, and would-be burglars showed up again on Thursday.

"They stole a chainsaw, but I had to work to pay for that chainsaw," said Rios. "I said, 'No way! I'm tired of it.'"

When Rios came out and saw the two men with his property trying to get way and laughing at him what went through his mind was, "Not today."

"I saw this guy throwing my stuff in the back of his car laughing," said Rios. "'That's it,' I said, 'Enough is enough.' I was infuriated when I saw this guy giggling like he was thought he was going to make a couple of bucks off me when I paid good money for it."

That's what prompted me to get my pistol and go after them.

With a 45-caliber handgun, Rios shot out a tire on their car. Then, he fired shots through the windows - five shots before one suspect gave up.

"I said, 'Don't go anywhere, Mister, because I'll put you down right now,'" said Rios. "[He] opened the door and took off screaming down the street...He screamed like a little girl, 'No! No more! I don't want any more of this.'"

"They thought I was just another pushover. They thought I was going to lay down and take it."

When police arrived, Rios had one of the suspects subdued at gunpoint.

"I wasn't kidding when I came out with the gun...I told him, 'Shut up. Go sit down behind your car, or I'll put you down.'"

The message he wants would be burglars to know?

"I am still prepare to protect my stuff and keep it," he said.

The two suspects have been charged with felony Burglary of a Habitation and remain in the Gregg County Jail.

Rios' property has been returned to him.

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