Salem Man Traps Intruder in Home
September 22, 2013, 1:31 pm
By Christina Kemp,
A Salem homeowner pulled a gun on an intruder Saturday morning who was trying to make off with his laptop.
Around 6 a.m. Dan Strasser awoke to noise in his home. After looking around he found 25-year-old Thomas Lowell trying to steal electronics.
Lowell tried to make a run for it but found himself cornered in the garage. Strasser told our news partner KGW that the intruder threatened him with a knife, but surrendered when Strasser pulled out his gun.
"This sounds weird. I was thankful to have a gun because what that did is make sure nobody got hurt. I don’t know what he would do. I’m a fairly old guy so he could have thought I can get through you, but he decided not to do that when I had a weapon,” Strasser said.
Police arrived a short time later and arrested Lowell. He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and parole violation.