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Trespasser held at gunpoint

January 7, 2011

A homeowner took matters into his own hands Thursday after a trespasser entered the man's residence.

Donald Banner, 68, of Maiden, was at his house on Anderson Mountain Road about 10 a.m. when he saw a suspicious person walking across the street.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Banner retrieved his pistol from inside the home and then returned to his front window to see if the man was still outside.

Banner lost sight of the man, and he walked around his house to see if the man was nearby. When Banner stepped into his garage, he found the suspect, Jeremy Dwayne Scott, 18, of Maiden, crouching inside the building.

Banner had his pistol with him at the time, and he held Scott at gunpoint until sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene about three minutes later, Reid said.

According to an incident report, Banner didn't know Scott prior to the incident. The men, however both live on Anderson Mountain Road.

Police arrested Scott at the scene and charged him with breaking and entering. Reid said Scott didn't have a weapon and didn't force entry into the garage.

Scott was released from jail on a $300 bond.

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