Armed veteran in wheelchair thwarts home invasion
by Associated Press Wire
January 25, 2013 08:53 AM | 1744 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Army veteran who uses a wheelchair wielded a pistol to run off a man who broke into his home near Athens.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 53-year-old Mark Sikes was in bed at his home in western Clarke County around 1 p.m. Wednesday, when someone kicked in his front door.

Sikes said he reached into his night stand and grabbed his pistol. He said he then pointed the gun at the intruder and and told him he "better get the hell out."

Sikes said the young man "flew like a bat" and is lucky that he wasn't killed by the veteran.

Athens-Clarke County police and Oconee County sheriff's deputies looked for the suspect throughout the day Wednesday. Authorities continued to search on Thursday.


Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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January 26, 2013
Write much? This story reads as though the home was invaded. A security system and/or dog might have actually thwarted the invasion. The homeowner with the gun did not come into play until after the home was already invaded. The invasion merely ended prematurely thanks to the homeowner with the gun.
January 25, 2013
Deterrence works.
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