Armed homeowner subdues drunk attacker

Published: Dec. 3, 2015 at 5:14 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2015 at 8:33 PM EST
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Joyce Luke
Joyce Luke

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Michael Thomas Crews is in jail, charged with attempting to break into a Dougherty County home, Wednesday.

Residents said that Crews was banging on their truck, and then jumped their fence, and ran up to their door. The man who lived on Pryor Street went outside and started wresting with Crews, while his wife called 911. The homeowner fired a shot from his pistol in an effort to scare Crews, but no one was injured. Police arrived and were able to arrest him.

Joyce Luke remembers last night's incident all too well. "On the porch on the other side of the bench."

Her husband went outside to check out an odd noise. "I heard him holler, 'Go on! Hey man, go on.' And I got up to see what it was, and next thing I know, I saw this man jumping over our gate and coming up, running up to the porch," said Luke.

Luke says the man, yelling and cursing, was determined to get inside. "This was his house. He wanted to see his blankedity-blank wife, and they get into a wrestling match," said Luke.

The two rolled around for several minutes, while Luke held a pistol nearby, on the phone with 911. "As hard as that guy was trying to get in, my husband was even harder trying to keep him out," said Luke.

The man, believed to be drunk, was identified as Michael Crews. Luke says her husband kept talking to Crews, trying to calm him down and help him realize where he was. "But my husband, seemed like an eternity that he had to hold this man. I know it didn't last that long but he held him," said Luke.

Police arrived shortly after this and arrested Crews, and say he was clearly under the influence. Luke is not able to contain how proud she is of her husband.
"It was scary. But I was so proud to know that he really always meant he would die for his family. But we did win. We did win. The good guys came out," said Luke.

Crews thought he was at his ex-wife's house, which was just a few streets over. He is charged with terroristic threats, battery, and burglary. He never came inside the house, so this is not a home invasion.

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