La Porte County homeowner holds burglar at gunpoint

A Hudson Lake man entered his home Thursday night to discover he was not alone.

Just after midnight central time, a homeowner in the 8400 East block of C.R. 700 North noticed something was wrong.

It didn't take him long to realize an intruder was in the middle of an attempted burglary.

The homeowner apprehended the suspect while calling 911.

Upon arrival, the La Porte County Sheriff's Department took the intruder into custody and says the victim did everything right.

"I can't emphasize enough how impressed I am that this homeowner used amazing restraint and didn't injure the suspect," said Sheriff John Boyd, La Porte County Sheriff's Department.

That's because both the homeowner and the intruder were armed.

Thursday night Kody returned to his Hudson Lake home.

"Saw that bedroom light was on and that three of the outside lights were off and then I saw the footprints in the snow," said Kody, homeowner.

After retracing the footprints, Kody returned to his back door.

"By that time, he's standing right back there in the doorway with one of my guns on his person," said Kody.

He says the suspect, 26-year-old William Boone, didn't put up a fight.

"I told him to get down on the ground and grabbed my gun from him," said Kody.

"There were no shots fired, no one was injured, we are very grateful for that, but certainly the homeowner was within his rights to protect himself and protect his home and protect his property," said Boyd.

Boone was immediately taken into custody. He had forced entry through Kody's bathroom window.

Before the homeowner returned, though...Boone made himself at home.

"He had a whole bag packed in my room with food from the freezer, cheese, butter, clothes," said Kody. "When I left, my bed was made and the bed, it looked like he was sleeping in it. He made a salad, and the salad was in the window, and I looked and said, 'I never made a salad.'"

Sheriff Boyd says Boone took the South Shore Line to Hudson Lake.

"We think that he was dropped off when South Shore crews realized he didn't have enough money to pay for his eastbound train ride," said Boyd.

Boyd believes Boone saw this as a crime of opportunity.

"He happened upon a home where he was able to determine that no one was home at the time," said Boyd.

One that could have ended very differently.

"Luckily I didn't think too quick for him," said Kody.

Boone claimed to police he is homeless...something they are investigating.

Boone is currently being held in La Porte county jail. Sheriff Boyd anticipates that he will be charged rather quickly with residential burglary, a felony.

This is the second arrest this month in La Porte County where a homeowner held the suspect for police.

On January 6, an 81-year-old homeowner physically restrained a 54-year-old burglar in his home in the Sunnyside Subdivision just south of La Porte after the burglar had forced his way into the home.

"While it is certainly risky when you encounter a burglar, it is well within a homeowner's rights to do so," said Boyd. "Most importantly, no one was injured, and we commend the homeowner in this case for his quick thinking and bravery."

Boyd says number one, if you notice your home has been broken into, call the police immediately before entering.