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Citizen's Arrest: Alabama Family Holds Burglary Suspects at Gunpoint

 Last week, a surveillance camera at an Alabama family's home captured burglars stealing Christmas presents and two televisions.

On Sunday, the Wyatt family was being interviewed by a local news station about the robbery when they recognized the car used in the crime from the surveillance video.

The quick-thinking - and well-armed - family jumped into action and held the burglars at gunpoint until police arrived.

 Sarah Wyatt and her cousin, Sandy Boyd, appeared on "Fox and Friends" this morning to discuss what unfolded on Sunday.

Wyatt explained that the bandits were near Boyd's house, likely scouting out more homes, when her family recognized their vehicle.

A neighbor helped point them in the direction of the suspects' car.

"We were actually mid-interview with Fox 6, and Sandy got the call from my husband, saying they had them at gunpoint and to hurry up and get down there," Wyatt said. "So we jumped in the car and went down there as fast as we could."

Boyd said it was a 15-20-minute standoff before police arrived. She added that they were prepared to use the ultimate force, if necessary, but the situation didn't call for it.

"We had them very well-confined where they were not going anywhere," Boyd said.

Wyatt and Boyd confirmed that police are still looking for one more suspect, although they are not concerned.

"If you want to come back to my house, you have got a serious issue," Wyatt said. "If this did not teach you a lesson, then I don't know what will."

Fox 6 reported:

     While deputies were still on the scene investigating the second burglary, the Wyatts called the sheriff's office to say they had found the suspects who broke into their home and were holding them at gunpoint.

    Sarah Wyatt said that by chance, her husband Chris and other relatives recognized the suspects and apprehended them on Sunday afternoon.

    "They happened to drive by and we seen them drive by and we knew it was them and we stopped them,” Chris Wyatt said.

    The sheriff's office says Wyatt followed the suspects' vehicle as they turned down Gobbler's Knob Mine Road and blocked them in. He and his friends then held them at gunpoint until deputies could get to the scene, Christian said.

    Chris Wyatt said the suspects claimed they were lost when the Wyatts confronted them.

    "They tried to say that they were lost and we corrected them where they were,” Chris Wyatt said.

    Deputies arrived a short time later and took a man and two women into custody. They also found some of the stolen items from the home on New Bethel School Road inside the suspects' truck.

    The burglary victim identified his belongings and they were returned to him.

    Deputies arrested Eric Paul Stillwell, 38, of Quinton, 29-year-old Natosha Derrick of Jasper and Priscilla Roxanne Mathis of Dora. Deputies said Mathis originally lied about her name.

    All three have each been charged with third degree burglary and second degree theft of property for the New Bethel School Road burglary, and authorities say they expect to charge the suspects in the first burglary as well.

    The suspects are being held on a $25,000 bond each in the Jefferson County Jail.

    The Wyatts are still hopeful they'll get back the things that were stolen.

    "Sure hope so, if they don't at least we're all safe and in one piece and they are off the street for now,” Sarah Wyatt said.

    If these people are the ones responsible for the break-ins, the Wyatts want everyone to remember there is still another person out there, since two men were shown in the surveillance video but only one was taken into custody.

    The family is asking everyone to keep a watchful eye and call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office if you have any information about the case.

There's video at the link.

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