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October 1, 2013

Burglary victim overpowers armed intruder

Police find burglar’s loaded gun in roadway

CLARKSVILLE — The victim of an Old Clarksville home burglary early Sunday morning took matters into his own hands by detaining the armed burglar until police arrived.

Clarksville police were dispatched to a possible burglary in progress in the 200 block of South Oak Street about 12:05 a.m.

After reaching the intersection of Oak Street and Norwood Avenue, the officer was flagged down and told the burglar was being chased along a nearby roadway.

A block away, the officer was again flagged down where Andrew Gillenwater, 22, Erin Drive in Jeffersonville, was on the ground with the burglary victim holding him in a choke hold, police reported.

The officer ordered the victim off of Gillenwater, and with a Taser gun pointed at the 22-year-old, who was wearing one latex glove and a fanny pack, he was placed under arrest.

Police found in the fanny pack a two-way radio, two flashlights, a multipurpose tool, a rubber mallet, a Swiss Army knife, a hammer, two pairs of gloves, a toboggan hat, one latex glove, a bungee cord and three razor blades.

When the officer asked Gillenwater what he had been doing, he responded, “ ... that his friend owned him $170, and he just wanted to come over and talk to him,” according to the police report.

While the officer was walking along Norwood Avenue, he discovered a handgun loaded with four bullets in the middle of the road.

The burglary victim said Gillenwater had dropped the firearm during the foot chase before police arrived.

Gillenwater admitted to police that the firearm was his and that he had a permit for it.

The victim told police he knew Gillenwater and that he owed him $170. He said he had talked to Gillenwater days earlier and told him he didn’t have the money to repay him at the time.

The victim was made aware that Gillenwater was in his garage after he received a phone call from a next-door neighbor.

He responded by arming himself with a baseball bat and going to his garage where he found Gillenwater and another man dressed in all-black clothing and toboggans and wearing fanny packs.

The two men took off running when the victim approached, and after a chase, the victim was able to catch Gillenwater, but the other man got away and has not been located.

Gillenwater was preliminarily charged with burglary and possession of a firearm by a serious felon, both class B felonies, and criminal recklessness, a class D felony.

According to Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex staff, Gillenwater was in the facility from about 2 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. He was released after $1,500 was posted for his bond.

 

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