Armed veteran in wheelchair thwarts home invasion

ATHENS — Authorities say a U.S. Army veteran who uses a wheelchair wielded a pistol to run off a man who broke into his home near Athens.

Mark Sikes, 53, was in bed at his home in western Clarke County around 1 p.m. Wednesday, when someone kicked in his front door.

Sikes said he reached into his night stand and grabbed his pistol. He said he then pointed the gun at the intruder and and told him he "better get the hell out."

Sikes said the young man "flew like a bat" and is lucky that he wasn't killed by the veteran.

Athens-Clarke County police and Oconee County sheriff's deputies looked for the suspect throughout the day Wednesday. Authorities continued to search on Thursday.


suedehead 2 years, 8 months ago

Awesome. Too bad he didn't put a bullet in his rear to make him easier to find.


kevin 2 years, 8 months ago

Great. One more point for the good guy. Obama, what do you have to say about this? Are you too chicken to respond or still looking for just the right words someone can write for you?


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