Johnny Harbour is being recognized for his quick reaction and restraint after holding a burglar at gunpoint until Sheriff Deputies arrived.
He only told his story to KKTV 11 News.
Harbour is now back at work after a heart-pumping experience at his home.
“I was asleep and heard a loud noise, it woke me up. Then I continued to hear the noise so I just automatically picked up my gun,” said Harbour.
Harbour told 11 News the burglar got into his home around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night after ripping off a screen from a window. The window was accidentally left unlocked and the burglar squeezed in.
Harbour says he initially thought the noise was just a cat.
“I didn’t know what to expect as I came around the corner,” said Harbour.
What he found was a man standing right next to his refrigerator.
"I just pointed the gun at him and told him, 'Don't move or I will shoot you,’” Harbour said.
He then turned on the lights and told the suspect to raise his hands.
“It was next to my kitchen table so there was a chair right there. I told him to pull that chair out, sit down, and don’t move and then I called 911, while standing there holding a gun on him,” said Harbour.
Harbour says Sheriff Deputies arrived quickly. The tricky part was the he had to keep a gun on the suspect, and at the same time open the door that was about two rooms away.
“It was kind of his decision whether he wanted to live or die,” said Harbour, “ I kept telling him not to move or I would shoot him.”
Police arrested 22-year-old Jacob Pino. They say he had all the tools for a burglary. According to deputies he was wearing several layers of clothing and his shoes had plastic bags over them to prevent him from leaving foot prints. He was also wearing gloves and a black nylon mask on his head.
Pino had a back pack that contained a 22 caliber handgun. And had taken a money clip from Harbour.
Surprising news for neighbors in the area who say they know him as a hard worker and remember his days as a high school athlete for Pueblo County High.
“I was devastated. I couldn’t believe it and I was very shocked because I wouldn’t have expected these kinds of things from him. He was a wonderful, positive, outgoing individual who I thought was a great role model,” said Rebecca Alderton, who worked with Pino.
Harbour is being recognized for showing restraint, but says he would have done what was necessary.
"Maybe I helped someone down the line that he was going to rob or maybe saved somebody's life down the line,” said Harbour.
Jacob Pino is currently in jail on charges of first degree burglary, theft, and possession of burglary tools.