Police: Homeowner fights home intruder

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Sandy Springs police say a homeowner came face to face with a home invader and took matters into his own hands.

It happened at a home on Green Oak Court Jan. 5, police told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik.

"The homeowner was asleep, heard a loud crash," said Capt. Steve Rose. "He actually went out and confronted a man that was coming through the window."

Rose said the man, later identified as Jay Todd Curnin, threatened to kill the homeowner, so the homeowner fought back.

"He hit the man, the man fell backwards and the man actually saw the victim's daughter at the door and he ran," said Rose.

Police said Curnin didn't make it too far. Officers had a good description of him and tracked him down not far from the house. He's now facing several charges, including criminal trespass, public drunkenness and simple assault.

"He said his parents lived there years ago, but it was pretty obvious he knew they didn't live there now," said Rose.

The homeowner told Petchenik he'd rather not talk about the situation and wanted to put it behind him.

"We were surprised," said neighbor David Good. "Surprised and stunned."

Good said he remembered Curnin's family living on the street years before.

"He obviously was not in his right mind," said Good. "It seems very odd he would try to break into, even his old house."

Good said he applauds his neighbor for taking action to diffuse the situation.

"If somebody's breaking in your house at 2, 3 in the morning, no matter who it is, you've got to protect your family," he said.

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