Armed neighbor tries to stop break-in in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem man witnessed a home break-in on his street -- and he took matters into his own hands.

WSPD Lt. Steven Osborne said the man noticed at least two teenagers breaking into a vacant home at 2317 Redbud Lane in Winston-Salem around 10:30 a.m. He retrieved a rifle from his own home and attempted to subdue the men until police arrived -- but accidentally fired into the ground.

The suspects ran away and so far, police have only arrested one.

Lt. Osborne said two nearby schools -- Mount Tabor High School and Speas Elementary -- were briefly placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. Both schools are about a mile from the home on Redbud Lane.

Kristen Culler, who lives nearby, said she saw the whole thing from her window.

"I saw everything from beginning to end," she said. "I have a really plain sight of the neighborhood. I saw two teenagers break into the house and then I saw this other guy coming up with a long rifle."

People who live in the area say there are often home break-ins.

"There are at least two houses on this street that I know have been broken into," Culler said.

"There are so many houses that have been hit in the last two months or so," said neighbor Deril Balough. "It makes me very nervous."

Lt. Osborne said WSPD is actively pursuing leads to try and find other possible suspects.

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