East Texan Fights Off Suspected Home Invader

Early Sunday, the Vera family got a very rude awakening: a suspected robber was breaking into their South Tyler home.

However, he quickly found out that he wasn't getting anything without a fight.

"I just assumed it was one of my kids that had fallen down the stairs...it was so much noise."

But the noise Theresa Vera heard wasn't from one of her own two children. "He had his hands up and was saying...I know I'm not supposed to be here, and I said, 'what the hell are you doing in my house?'"

She says around 5:00 am, a 16 year old jumped her fence, grabbed a planter on the back patio, and busted through her back door.

She came running, stopping the boy in his tracks.

"After he was saying 'I know I'm not supposed to be here,' he said Jesus told me to come here into your house today.'"

"He really was extremely scared, he was very cooperative at doing what I told him to do."

Seconds later, back-up arrived.

"By the time I got my shotgun and came out here, she had already commanded him to sit down on the floor in the corner, which he had complied with," said Vera's husband, Eleazar Vera.

"It could have been that who ever this was, might have threatened me, and attempted to do something to me, or our children," says Vera.

She says her daughter called 911, and her husband held the gun on the suspect until police arrived. Thankfully, no one was injured.

"I did have a talk with her afterwards and told her, from now on, I come out first with the shotgun, and fortunately she agreed," says Eleazar.

As for the suspect, "I just hope he straightens out his life." says Theresa.

And for the ones who think they're brave enough, "I plan on keeping my shotgun a little closer to where we sleep."

The suspect was taken into juvenile custody. We're told he was charged with residential burglary.

Layron Livingston, Reporting llivingston@kltv.com