A Fayette County man accused of trying to burglarize a Lookout home with a teen girl was held at gunpoint by a neighbor until deputies arrived.
Fayette deputies went to the Foster Hill Road area of Lookout on Friday morning after emergency dispatchers received a call from a neighbor.
The woman said her husband had armed himself with a handgun and had gone to the nearby house to confront burglars and hold them until police arrived, according to a statement from the Fayette Sheriff's Department.
Deputies arrived about 12 minutes later and found the man detaining the pair. Michael Ray Clark Jr., 22, of Lookout was identified as one of the suspects. His accomplice, a teen girl, was not identified.
The neighbor said he'd been working in his garden when he saw Clark and the girl going into the house. The house, which is unoccupied and under renovation, was not locked and the pair entered through the front door. A preliminary investigation showed the pair went into the house in search of wiring, deputies said.
Clark was charged with felony entering without breaking. He is free on bond.
The girl was released to her parents. No charges have been filed against her but deputies anticipate a juvenile petition charging her with felony entering without breaking will be filed in the county prosecutor's office.
"A lot of folks seem to have the mistaken impression that if a residence or another type of structure is not occupied or is not currently being used that they can just enter and take whatever they want," Sheriff Steve Kessler said in the release. "The fact of the matter is, it is a crime to enter a building that you don't own without permission of the owner, and it is certainly a crime to take something that doesn't belong to you."
Kessler said Friday's incident was a good example of neighbors watching out for each other.
"This homeowner knew that his neighbors were remodeling this residence and that these two suspects shouldn't be in there," Kessler said. "While he could have just called 911 to report this crime and hoped that we could get there in time, the action that he took insured that these two suspects were quickly apprehended and charged. Citizens taking action like this to protect themselves and their neighbors from crime makes our job much easier."The matter remains under investigation.