Tulsa man holds burglary suspect at gunpoint

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Reported by: Preston Jones
Updated: 7/19/2013 9:26 am Published: 7/18/2013 6:11 pm

Tulsa police said a Tulsa homeowner stopped a burglary suspect from breaking into his house by holding him at gunpoint in his front yard until police arrived. 

Dustin Dee Peabody, 32, is being held in the Tulsa Co. Jail for allegedly attempting to break into multiple homes in North Tulsa near Admiral and Garnett St. on Thursday afternoon.

The homeowner, Jeff Shelby, says he got to the house before police after his neighbor, Mayra Perez, alerted him that someone was snooping around his house.

"The guy tried to take my husband's wallet and took a bottle of water from here," said Perez. "My daughter said 'get out of here' and then the guy tried to come in."

Perez said she then told her five girls to hide in the house while she and her husband tried to scare Peabody away.

"He just went to the other house and he tried to break down the door," said Perez. "We called the police two or three times."

A short time later, cops came and arrested Peabody in the yard where Shelby was holding him at gunpoint with his 12-gauge shotgun. Perez said Peabody might have been on drugs because he was stumbling around, acting strangely, and looking into mailboxes.

Shelby owns several properties on East Archer Street, but he doesn't live there. Perez watches over his properties during the day.

"This happened to my neighborhood yesterday, and maybe that could happen to me later," said Perez. "I'm glad this is over and I hope that nothing happens again for my girls."

FOX23 researched Peabody's criminal background and found a drug charge out of Muskogee in 2008. He's being held at the jail on a $54,000 bond.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/19/2013 4:02 PM
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Kudos to Perez and the homeowner. It's good that she called the homeowner. Police would never get there in time to do anything but write a report.
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