Homeowner holds break-in suspect at gunpoint

 Posted By: Camila Orti


Lincoln Police say a homeowner stopped what he believed to be a burglary in progress early Saturday morning.

Rich Long and Millie Meyers had an interesting morning to say the least.

“We’re glad that we had the dog because we didn’t hear the door break, we heard the dogs that was all we heard,” Long said.

The couple live in North Lincoln near 13th and Knox streets. They say they were woken up around 2:30 in the morning to their dogs barking in the kitchen. What they found was a stranger who’d broken through the front door.

“We didn’t know if he was trying to burglarize or what but he was obviously intoxicated, either on drugs or alcohol,” Long said.

Meyers added the man seemed very confused, and wasn’t sure how he’d gotten in. Regardless, Long wasted no time in grabbing his gun.

“I took the pistol in with me and pointed it at him and told him to put his hands up and told her to call 911,” Long said.

“I felt scared you know ’cause you don’t know what to expect,” Meyers added.

Police arrived a couple minutes later. They say the suspect, 23-year-old Lucas Kastl of David City, was cited for vandalism and taken to detox. Officials say Kastl told police he thought he was entering his own home.

Besides about $300 in damage to the door, Long and Meyers say they’re glad nobody was hurt and no shots had to be fired.

“I think it’s good for a person to have a firearm in the house and I think it is very important to have good training,” Long said.