|Updated: 9/19 10:51 pm
||Published: 9/19 3:25 pm
The suspected thief had no idea what he was in for when he targeted a business owner fed up with crooks.
"They have broken into this place and I'm just tired," said Daniel Louis.
He owns Auto Joy in the 5700 block of North Peoria in Turley.
Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies arrested Andrew L. Fletcher, 34, Thursday around 2:45 a.m. for stealing from Louis at his shop.
The owner of Auto Joy says he's been targeted by thieves too many times, so he staked out the shop in a Honda CR-V. He heard his dogs barking and looked up looked up and saw a man by his garage, and called deputies.
"My heart started beating and my first thought, what should I do, should I run up on him?”
He didn't want to wait for help, so he went over by the garage but stopped at a Pontiac Grand Am on the lot.
"I thought he was still behind the building but then I saw his legs underneath the car, so when he saw me he grabbed something and I defended myself," said Louis.
The owner said he grabbed a metal bar on the ground.
“I said, 'You are going to wait for the police. They are going to be here,'" said Louis.
He told FOX23 News he feared for his life.
"He had some tools to cut the converter with, so he came out with it and he ran towards me like 'get away,'" said Louis. "I wasn't going to let him run away. I beat him so bad he couldn't move anymore."
The owner thought he recognized the man, who would come by looking for work and also helped Louis at the auto parts store where the suspect worked.
"I was like Andrew, my mind went to, I know you but I am going to beat you," said Louis.
The suspect later identified as Andrew Fletcher was cleaned up in his mug shot, but police said he had cuts on his head and arm and also a broken arm.
"He was bleeding all through here, he bled on that car. I told him just to stay down, just stop moving, and he didn't want to," said Louis.
Louis said he wasn't going to take another thief stealing from his lot.
"I hope he gets some time, because I'm tired of protecting myself," said Louis.
Jail records show Fletcher was released from jail Thursday morning on $5,000 bond. He faces second-degree burglary.
Court records show Fletcher has pending charges for meth and uttering a forged instrument.