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Suspected burglar held at gunpoint by Fort Walton Beach homeowner

Suspected burglar held at gunpoint by Fort Walton Beach homeowner

Okaloosa County has experienced a rash of unrelated burglaries, which led to the arrest of six people this week.

But it was the arrest in Fort Walton Beach by police which raised eyebrows.

Robert Patrick Cash is looking at two counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling.

He's in custody, thanks to a homeowner who took the law into his own hands.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department said it was just after six o'clock when Cash entered Clint Aden's home on Sherwood Lane in Fort Walton Beach.

Police said Cash walked right through the garage and into Aden's home wearing only underwear.

Aden didn't see him come in and didn't suspect anything until his son, who saw the suspect, alerted his dad.

"He asked 'dad, did you expect someone to be over here?' and I said, 'no,' and he said, 'a man with grey hair just came into our house and went upstairs.'" Aden said.

Clint pulled out a pistol and headed into his daughter's room.

"His shoes were right here when I turned on the light, which kind of caught my eye and I thought 'this is really happening,' so I eased around the corner, right here, and eased around the corner and this man was right behind this piece of furniture," Aden said.

With only a split second to act, he had the drop on Cash and decided not to shoot.

"I've always thought, 'I'm just going to shoot the person,' you know, they are in my house, so I mean that's what I've, truly, once I realized he wasn't armed, I didn't feel an imminent threat to myself or the family, so I just held him there at gunpoint and everything worked out for all of us, I mean that's certainly not what we want to do, is to take someone's life," Aden said.

Aden held Cash at gunpoint for about two minutes, until officers who were already searching the area for the suspect arrived at the home and took him into custody.

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