Reports confirm that 41-year-old Christopher Lance Moore, a man suspected of attempted burglary, called the cops while committing his own crime on Tuesday morning (Dec. 5) after a homeowner and his stepson confronted and held him at gunpoint. The armed Springtown, Texas homeowner, identified as James Gerow, told responding officers that he and his wife awoke to a noise in the wee hours of the morning and discovered a man wearing a dark hoodie inside their house. Gerow and his stepson then escorted Moore out to his vehicle with pistol in hand, where the unsuccessful robber promptly called the police for assistance.
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According to reports from the Parker County Sheriff's Department, Gerow confronted Moore in the bedroom of his dark suburban home with a gun at around 12:30 a.m., demanding to know what he was doing in his house. Gerow explained to police, "I pointed the gun at him and asked him who he is and what the hell he was doing in my house. He said his name was Lance, and I said, 'Lance, what the hell are you doing in my house?'" Moore allegedly responded with, "Just unlucky, I guess."
Moore then promptly exited the home and sat in his nearby GMC pickup parked in the family's driveway. Gerow followed him out with the pistol and managed to take away the suspect's car keys. He then blocked the driveway with his own vehicle and waited for police to arrive (the family had promptly dialed 911 earlier on). Gerow then told his stepson to keep the shotgun pointed at Moore, explaining, "If he gets out of the truck, shoot him in the legs. You ain't gotta kill him; just shoot him in the legs. ... If he'd got out, I'd have expected him to shoot him."
While sitting in his truck, trapped and scared, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler reports that Moore ended up calling the police himself, claiming, "I'm out in the country somewhere and some guy's got a gun on me."
Deputies finally arrived and arrested Moore for the second-degree felony of burglary of habitation. When asked why he had attempted the burglary, Moore responded that he simply had "bad intentions." His bail was set at $35,000 and his past criminal offenses include theft and drug-related charges.
According to Gerow, "I gave him a chance. Had he said he had bad intentions before that, he wouldn't have got his second chance. That's a different ballgame. You threaten me and my family, that's a different ballgame."