Athens landlord holds burglar suspect at gunpoint

Athens landlord holds burglar suspect at gunpoint
(Source: Henderson County Jail)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A landlord held a suspected burglar at gunpoint until deputies arrived at his Athens' home Tuesday.

According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, the owner of the home on County Road 1408 said he saw the suspect, identified as Tommy Kirk, 55 of Malakoff, loading an air compressor and hose from the house into the bed of a pickup truck.

Hillhouse said the homeowner then used his vehicle to block Kirk’s escape route and held him at gunpoint while he called 911.

Deputies arrived on the scene and took Kirk into custody. During the arrest, deputies noticed that Kirk had illegally altered the windshield vehicle registration sticker.

Kirk was charged with burglary of a habitation and altering a vehicle registration windshield tag.

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