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News Nearby: When He Saw Burglar, Decatur Man 'Went Ape Mode'

The Oakhurst resident grappled with an intruder he discovered in the living room.

David Kennerly said he's not an aggressive guy.

But when he woke up in the middle of the night Dec. 3 and found a burglar in the living room stealing the flat-screen television, "I flipped out," Kennerly said. "I went ape mode."

The 40-year-old Turner employee, wearing only pajama bottoms, did exactly what law enforcement officers don't recommend. He confronted the man, screeching and grabbing him by the shoulders.

"He was a little bigger than me and in good shape," Kennerly said. "The only thing he said was shut up. He hit me with the TV."

Kennerly said he may have gone down, but he's not sure because everything happened so fast. The man ran down the hallway to the front door.

"I ran after him and threw him off the front porch," Kennerly said.

He said the man slowly got off the ground, put the television into a white van parked in the driveway and drove down Adams Street.

"Once he was out of the house I was able to think rationally again," Kennerly said.

The excitement started when Kennerly's wife, Nadine, heard the sound of splintering wood in the downstairs part. She thought the Christmas tree had fallen over, but it was really the burglar kicking in the front door.

She telephoned 911 when the ruckus started. The kids slept through the excitement.

The suspect was described as a black male 25-30 years old, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He had a dark complexion, short hair and wore a red plaid coat. The white van he drove may have been a DeKalb County government vehicle that was stolen that same day.

Kennerly can't explain why he acted out of character.

"I know that rationally what I did was not wise," he said. "It was a zero to 60 kind of thing."

The adrenalin kept Kennerly awake about a day and a half. His leg was bruised and fingers scraped.

"I'm really thankful I didn't get hurt more," he said, "and that he guy wasn't hurt more."

Leah Salby December 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Get a Mossberg shotgun. I did! No one is messing with me!
Jonathan Cribbs December 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Surely there are other brands of shotgun to be considered here, Leah.
Virginia December 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Yeah, there's nothing that could go wrong with that plan.
Brett December 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
What is your plan Virginia?
Leah Salby December 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I was just making a statement about a shotgun, but Mossberg has one of the better reputations. If someone enters my home threatening me or taking my possessions I will not hesitate and we do have that right. Shoot first, ask questions later if you see some big burly guy taking a wide screen TV or something! Honestly, these thieves have to know that people work hard for their possessions and they are getting sick and tired of being robbed. I for one, won't take it! It's like rape! It makes me mad when I so much as see a suspicious car staking out my home as I did the other day. I was getting my bike prepped in my garage and first a van then a green car with a black man was sitting there with his headlights pointed right at me. He was staking out my home in the cul-de-sac. One more minute and I would have called the police and fetched my Mossberg, honestly! These people think they have a right to just break in and take your possessions? NOT!
Leah Salby December 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
BTW, I am subscribed to this crime alert server. If you don't think you need some form of protection, think again. Whether it's a killer dog or a gun or even bug spray (straight shot bee killer works great!) protect yourself. http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx?aid=ade4bee3-a31a-472d-8033-fb882945ccb2

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