UPDATE: Senior Citizen Angry Burglar He Held at Gunpoint Isn't Behind Bars


CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A 75-year-old man who held a burglar at gunpoint is now livid the whereabouts of the suspect are presently unknown.

When we first talked with Robert Hamm Tuesday, he predicted the burglar he held at gunpoint in his home in Olive HIll till police arrived would get off lightly in the legal system.

"I've seen where they've turned people loose who've done it four or five times," Hamm said Tuesday.

He says he became frustrated when he learned the suspect hasn't been charged in that crime yet.

"I did the work," Hamm said. "I had him here for them, and they still turned him out. That's frustrating."

Sgt. Randy Phillips with the Carter County Sheriff's Department says the Carter County Detention Center wouldn't take the suspect, Larry Lee Thompson, in Tuesday, because he was too intoxicated on pills and alcohol, so he was taken to a hospital in Morehead.

Phillips says Thompson checked out of the hospital Wednesday evening. He was supposed to turn himself in at the jail, but he didn't do so.

"He could be anywhere," Hamm said. "He could be down sitting at the foot of the hill waiting for me to come out or anything."

"We're confident we will get him," Phillips said.

Phillips says their department is simply stretched too thin to keep a deputy with a suspect at the hospital for a day and a half.

"We just don't have the manpower to sit there with him," Phillips said, "so we had to contact the judge and get the judge to release him on a bond. We certainly don't like to do it that way."

"It made me madder than hell," Hamm said.

Hamm says it's inexcusable that a man who broke into his home carrying a knife was given a chance to walk away, even if he is caught again soon.

In the meantime, he's not overly concerned about a return visit.

"It's crossed my mind," Hamm said, "but I don't worry about it because I wish he would. I would finish the job."

Phillips says Thompson hasn't been charged in the home break-in yet. He says they charged him on a domestic violence warrant he'd been wanted on in Madison County, Kentucky.

This break-in case will be presented to the grand jury. Phillips says Thompson could end up held in contempt of court since he didn't turn himself in.

Investigators believe Thompson may head back to Richmond, Kentucky, where he's been living.



ORIGINAL STORY
CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A senior citizen turned the tables during a home invasion.

The elderly man woke up during a nap about 10 a.m. Tuesday to find a burglar ransacking his house.

When Robert Hamm got up to investigate what was causing a loud noise, he saw a man going through the drawers in one of his bedrooms.

"I saw the man with his arms loaded up with my tools," Hamm said.

The burglar, who'd climbed in through the bedroom window, apparently didn't know or care that the 75-year-old was home.

Hamm, who keeps his gun handy, wasn't about to let the crook escape with his stuff.

"I just pointed the gun at him and told him I'd blow him in two if he moved," Hamm said, "and I made him lay down here in the middle of the floor."

Hamm called 911 and held him at gunpoint until police showed up at his home along Blue Hall Road in Olive Hill.

"I wanted to shoot him really bad," Hamm said. "I really wanted to shoot him."

Hamm says he's known the suspect, Larry Lee Thompson, since he was born, and that he has a reputation for this sort of thing.

The suspect's sister, Loretta Boggs, lives up the road. She was devastated her brother forced her neighbor to this extreme.

"It hurts me deeply," Boggs said. "It hurts the whole family. We love him, but what can we do?"

She says he's been living recently in Richmond, Kentucky.

Thompson was taken into custody by the Carter County Sheriff's Department.



 
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