Green Country mother, son fight off would-be burglar


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Updated: 9/24/2013 10:35 pm Published: 9/24/2013 10:34 pm


A Tahlequah mother and her son say Sunday night they walked in on a man trying to steal their television.

Dustin Waddell and his mom Kathy Riddle say they made sure he didn't walk out with anything.

"He looked at me and said, ‘I can explain. I can explain. Bro, bro, wait, wait’ ” Waddell recalled as he walked into the home.

He told FOX23's Dontaye Carter the man, identified as Curtis Coleman, and was unplugging the wires to their TV.

"I tackled him onto the table."

The 18-year-old says he was trying to hold the would-be thief until police came when the two started fighting.

"I had him in the corner right here, Waddell said.”I was punching and she (his mother) was punching low and punching high and she was trying to find anything to hit him with."

He said Coleman ran into the hallway trying to escape and when he couldn't he began biting Waddell.

"He tried to bite my son’s face," Riddle said.

"There was a picture here, a family portrait and I slammed it on his head. That's when I held him and mom pepper sprayed him in the face," Waddell added.

But when that didn't work Riddle says she grabbed a knife to get Coleman away from her son. However, Coleman took it from her.

"When he got the knife from me, it was like this and I was scared he was going to stab my son. I grabbed a hold the blade and I bent it back."

She cut her hand very deeply trying to protect her son.

"Mama bear came out and we beat the tar out of him," she said. "Even that guy, he said I need the money while we're fighting and I said me too and I punched him again."

Police say the duo knocked out Coleman's two front teeth protecting their home. His teeth were found on two different sides of the house.

"Both of us were like punch, punch, punch," Riddle said. "We were laying into him."

Police found him moments later hiding in a nearby attic.

"Not everyone is going to stand down," Waddell said. "We work hard for what we have and we're not just going to give it to him."

Coleman was book in the Cherokee County jail on charges of first degree burglary and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
The family says they are thankful they survived and appreciated Northeastern glass repaired their shattered windows for free.



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Mayor Maynot - 9/25/2013 8:55 AM
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Coleman was lucky "Momma Bear" didn't stick that knife where the sun don't shine.
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