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Woman holds intruder at gunpoint for 2nd time in less than 6 months

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Betty Collins demonstrates how she held a suspect at gunpoint Betty Collins demonstrates how she held a suspect at gunpoint

A Toledo woman held an intruder at gunpoint after catching him on her property. And this isn't the first time it's happened. It's the second time in six months Betty Collins has pulled a gun on a suspect.  She says protecting her family and property is her priority.

Around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning Betty heard something outside her home on Loxley near Upton. That's when she found 21-year-old Thomas Lee Johnson on her porch. says he was trying to steal one of the bikes chained to the porch.

Betty said, "He was gonna remove the chain, take the bike. Then he was told to get off the porch, so he went around to other side and started to lift it again and he still had his hand on the bike when my boyfriend came out the door."

 Betty says her car had also been gone through.

When Collins didn't leave right away, Betty pulled out her 357 Magnum and ordered him to the ground until Police arrived.

I said, get on your knees and he hesitated. I said, I'm not joking, do you see how big this gun is? It's fully loaded. He dropped down to his knees," Betty says, "I said, put your hands behind your head and get down flat. He's like, I ain't gonna and I says, year you are. So he did and he stayed there until the cops got there, he had no choice."

This isn't the first time, Betsy's held a suspect for police. In May, she held another man at gunpoint after he tried to break into her house.

She says her property has been targeted numerous times, a bike was stolen just last week.

The suspect was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and petty theft. He's already been released, but is due to face a judge on Monday. 

In addition to her practical experience with crime, Betty also has a master's degree in criminal justice and is currently working on her PhD.

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