Elderly man pins burglary suspect as wife calls 911

Christopher Labauve, 24, suspect in attempted armed burglary April 5, 2014. Homeowner Robert Johnson, 73, was seen holding down Labauve when law enforcement arrived. (Crook County Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Labauve, 24, suspect in attempted armed burglary April 5, 2014. Homeowner Robert Johnson, 73, was seen holding down Labauve when law enforcement arrived. (Crook County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 73-year-old man tackled and held down a suspected burglar until authorities arrived at the home over the weekend, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Monday.

According to Sgt. James Savage, CCSO deputies and a Prineville, Ore. police officer were dispatched to a burglary in progress just before midnight Saturday north of Prineville. Law enforcement was alerted when 82-year-old Beverly Johnson dialed 911, telling dispatch her husband had an intruder pinned to the floor.

Upon arrival, Savage said Robert Johnson, 73, was holding down 24-year-old Christopher Labauve as described by Beverly Johnson.

Labauve, of Prineville, was “highly intoxicated,” according to Savage, and had broken into the Johnson’s home through a back door. Robert Johnson then confronted Labauve, chased him to a back bedroom, and tackled him.

Deputies found an 18-inch-long knife in Labauve’s waistband, but both Robert and Beverly Johnson said the suspect did not show the weapon during the scuffle.

Savage said Labauve, who faces burglary and criminal trespassing charges, was later matrixed due to a lack of viable jail space.

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