Intruder flees as resident
grabs hunting rifle
No shots fired, criminal behind bars
Originally published here
"Police nab home invader"
Friday, March 30, 2001
The Edmond Sun
A University of Central Oklahoma student was
arrested early Thursday after attempting to break into an east Edmond home.
Matthew Charles Pelter, 19, was confronted by
Albert and Carol Bird, after an alarm activated in their Bridlewood Farms home.
When Pelter was arrested a short time later at
a nearby residence, he had two loaded guns, 35 grams of methamphetamine, a small
quality of marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia.
The home invasion occurred at the Bird home,
located in the 6000 block of Saddle Road.
"We were face-to-face with him, said
Albert Bird, 70. "I told him to get out of my house."
Bird said he and his wife were in bed when the
alarm went off. After he told Pelter to leave his home, Bird went to get his
personal rifle, according to police reports.
When Bird came back, the intruder had fled
through the front door to the suspect's car, a 1982 Lincoln Towncar.
About a quarter mile down the road, police
officers Bill Gilbert and C.J. Wise arrested Pelter. They found a loaded .40
caliber Taurus semi-automatic handgun laying on the front seat of the Lincoln. A
loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic was later found in the trunk, the report
"The good Lord was with us," Albert
said, after learning Pelter had been armed.
Pelter listed his home as Cherokee, Okla. He
remained this morning in the Oklahoma County jail.
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