A business owner takes the law into his own hands and holds a suspected crook at gunpoint until police arrive. The suspect was allegedly breaking into cars at a business complex on North Cascade.
Just after midnight, something strange was going on outside the businesses.
"He had taken a transformer off of Roger's truck and was beating on a car window. That was thumping noise I heard," Kristi Lyons told 11 News.
Her husband, Mike, grabbed his gun and ran outside. They knew there was an intruder when they saw the plastic window on their car sliced open.
Kristi said the suspect was caught red-handed, hiding behind and underneath cars in the parking lot.
"Mike had him at gunpoint. He said, ‘We can do this the easy way or the hard way.’ I called police."
She was on the phone for about 5 minutes while she watched Mike go after the suspect.
"Mike had the kid at gunpoint. He started advancing toward Mike with a knife and Mike fired off a shot to let him know that he wasn’t kidding," she said.
Police arrested 24-year-old Richard Richardson.
"I wish he would've shot the guy," said Lisa Yunker who owns the business next door.
She said the row of businesses has been broken into several times. “Everyone is sick of it, this whole complex. We don't know why we're targeted."
For now, everyone who works there thinks of Kristi's husband as a hero. Kristi told 11 News she’d do it all over again if another intruder came onto her property, but “With a bigger gun."
Richard Richardon is behind bars charged with criminal mischief, trespassing and assault. Police said they had been looking for him earlier in the night for allegedly attacking a kid with a baseball bat.