Boy grabs gun, stops burglar

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WALDRON, ARK. — A 6th grader springs into action after he finds two strangers inside his neighbor’s house in Waldron Tuesday night.

Jerry Hopper, 12, says he went to a friend’s house to play on E. 6th Street, but when he got there he found strangers inside the home. The boy saw what was happening and decided to act.

“I walked in the house and there was a guy and this woman about to go out the door and I grabbed a gun beside the door,” the boy said.

Hopper said he hit the suspect between the legs with the gun.

James Newman, the homeowner, says this is the 4th time he’s been broken into over the past year.

“Most grow ups wouldn’t have done that,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know very many that would cause they’d just walk by and say it’s none of my problem.”

Newman says he’s thankful the boy didn’t get injured.

“I don’t know what caused him to do it but he did,” Newman said. “He said ‘I didn’t like your house being broke into.’”

After the suspects left Jerry dialed 911. Investigators say they were able to find several of the items from the home.

Waldron police arrested one of the burglary suspects. He’s been booked into the jail. The woman is still on the run, according to police.

This article was written and published by 5NEWS.

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