Homeowner holds man, 'in a daze,' at gunpoint after finding him in open garage

Talbot Fisher
Special to The Register-Mail

GALESBURG — A Galesburg man was arrested on a trespassing charge after being held at gunpoint by resident Monday night. 

Officers were called to the 800 block of Jefferson Street for a report of a trespasser being held at gunpoint by the property owner at 9:55 p.m.. Upon arrival, the suspect was found sitting on the terrace near the street with another male behind him, pointing a gun at him. The suspect, a 36-year-old Galesburg resident, who according to the police report showed signs of intoxication, was handcuffed at the scene. 

The homeowner told police that at about 8:35 he saw a man with a black shirt and hat walking down the sidewalk near his home. He said he went to pick up his son, returned home and ate dinner. At about 9:45 p.m. a family member went outside and observed the man in the neighbor’s driveway. The homeowner then got his handgun and went outside. He said he saw the man in his open garage and pointed the gun at the man. The man then walked around in the yard “in a daze” eventually sitting in the grass. 

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Home security footage showed the suspect walking into the driveway and standing near a window, appearing to be listening. The suspect walks in several circles before walking into the garage. 

Upon learning the suspect’s identity, it was discovered that a well-being check had been performed on him earlier in the day after he had lost his job. 

The suspect was taken to the Knox County jail on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass.