Hillview man confronts suspected thief at gunpoint
A Hillview man says he saw someone breaking into his car and he confronted him with a gun.
HILLVIEW, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Hillview man held a suspected thief a gunpoint Monday until police arrived.
It happened along S. Skyline Drive in Hillview. The neighborhood is right next to the police department.
"Something said look out the front window," the homeowner, who didn't want to be identified, said about that morning. "At first I just panicked, didn't know what to do."
He claims he saw someone breaking into his car in his driveway
"Went to my room and grabbed my gun," the man said. "Ran out the front door and asked him, 'Hey, what are you doing?'"
The homeowner says he told the man to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back.
"I let him know I was calling law enforcement. When I had him on the ground, I had the gun pointed to his head," he explained.
He kept him there until officers arrived.
"I asked where did he live, and he said he lived next door, and he said that the reason he was breaking into my car was because someone at the house told him that they locked their keys in the car and that he needed to get in, and get the keys out of the car," the man said. "I told him that wasn't gonna fly with me."
Police say the man did live next door but they also found burglary tools on him. Nicholas Hassler, 28, was arrested and taken to jail.
Hassler's father, Ronald Hassler, tells WDRB his son is addicted to drugs and that he was probably high that morning. He doesn't think his son was aware of what he was doing.
"I just hope that he gets some help and he learns a lesson from this," the homeowner said.
Police say the homeowner isn't expected to face charges. He tells us he's had a license to carry a gun for more than a decade.
"Never ever thought that I would have to pull it on someone," he said. "I never ever hope I have to use it, but if I have to use it, I'm prepared to do so."
Police say Hassler's charges include theft and criminal mischief.
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