Homeowner tackles burglar, turns man into police

Published On: Jul 23 2013 11:58:30 AM HST   Updated On: Jul 24 2013 07:53:51 AM HST

A homeowner armed with a baseball bat single-handedly captured a burglar Tuesday morning.

By the time police arrived, the Highview man had the suspect pinned in his backyard -- ready for arrest.

WLKY's Duane Pohlman spoke exclusively with the homeowner.

It was just before 2:30 a.m. when Myron Walston said he heard a noise from his backyard.

"We bother could hear him inside the boat, rambling around," said Walston.

That's when Walston did something most of us would not do.  He headed out in the night toward the noise, armed with a bat.

The cover of his boat, he said, had been partially pulled back.  He looked inside to find his boat radio partially removed and said a man, identified by police as Kevin Napier, 26, of Louisville, was inside.

"I looked down and he's on the floor looking up at me.   I said don't go nowhere," said Walston.

But Napier did not listen, Walston said.

"He stood on the boat, the motor and jumped off.  Before he jumped, I hit him in his shoulder (with the bat)," Walston said.

The would-be burglar's foot dug into the mud as he tried to get away.

"Once I got him on the ground, I just held him.  He was actually trying to bargain with me to let him go," Walston said.

But he didn't budge, handing Napier over to police when they arrived.

Reporter: "You took a baseball bat and nothing else and subdued a man who you didn't know if he had a gun or not?" 

Walston:  "No I didn't." 

Reporter:  "Didn't that scare you a little bit?" 

Walston:  "I was more scared he was breaking into my stuff."

Napier is charged with third-degree burglary as well as possessing burglary tools.

Walston said police congratulated him and told him they're investigating to see if there is a connection to other burglaries in the area.


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