Friday, February 25, 2011

Feel Good Friday - Tulsa Burglar Picks The WRONG House!

I'm a voracious reader. Magazines, books, articles, and especially news items consume a significant part of my life. I own a television but don't have satellite or cable and apart from watching a movie with my boys, rarely turn it on. I get fed up with the endless stories of tragedy, heartache, betrayal and "blood & guts" as I refer to it.

I have found that I am infinitely happier in my life when I don't listen to it. I stay very informed about the news of the day especially as it can affect my little corner of the world but apart from that I could care less.

I do however, love to hear real-life stories of triumph, perserverance and personal sacrifice for the greater good. Those stories that lift you up and make you proud to be in my case an American but in yours wherever you call home. The stories that renew your faith in your god, country and fellow man. The ones that bring a smile to your face later that day, week or month. Those are the ones that we don't hear enough about and this is my small effort to change that.......

Many of you are familiar with my Feel Good Friday posts and while this is not the normal sort of story that I bring your attention to....I thought this was very deserving of the limelight.

In fact....I could say that this story just WARMS my heart to no end.........

Read this from KRMG..........
"Burglar Beatdown" Given by Tulsa Homeowner
By Steve Berg @ February 22, 2011 10:48 AM 

(Tulsa, OK) - Technically he'll go down in the police report as a "victim", but a Tulsa homeowner with some apparent fighting skills made an alleged burglar look like the one who was victimized. It happened at a house in the 200 block of South 69th East Avenue Monday night.

Tulsa Police Officer Jason Willingham said the victim was making a sandwich in the kitchen of the home when 45-year-old Todd Tracy Hicks (shown) tapped him on the shoulder and told him to get on the ground.
"The suspect entered into the home where a mid-20's individual was making a sandwich, and the suspect implied that he had a weapon," Willingham said.

Instead, the victim started punching Hicks repeatedly in the face and then held him until police arrived.

"He yelled into the other room, and his father brought in a gun and held the suspect at bay at gunpoint until officers arrived."

Hicks was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on two complaints of burglary.

"Obviously this was an unusual set of circumstances where we're certainly happy that nobody was injured in this exchange of events that occurred."

Willingham said Hicks had broken into another nearby residence before making his ill-fated decision to tap on the shoulder of the man making the sandwich.

Willingham said it appeared that Hicks was "quite intoxicated".

He added that while this incident ended in the homeowner's favor, police don't recommend taking the same aggressive approach.
"You know we don't encourage people to normally take action when confronted with a situation like this, but having said that, everything in this particular incident went accordingly, and everyone's going home safe, and that's what's important," he said.

Willingham said Hicks apparently had a knife from the earlier alleged break-in but dropped it before allegedly breaking into the second home.
In Oklahoma as in many other states we have what is called right to the above accused is lucky that all he received were a couple of black eyes....  Tell me your thoughts in the comments.


a moderate life said...

Oh my GOD! Ouch! I mean, I know he deserves it, but the picture is SCARY! Hope you are having a good week! All the best, Alex

Belinda @zomppa said...

Oh dang! Don't get in between a man and his sandwich!!

Christy said...

Good for the homeowner! I am surprised the "alleged burglar" isn't suing for assault - you hear about crazy stuff like that!