KINGMAN - Kingman Police said a homeowner was within his rights when he held a suspect at gunpoint after the man had entered his home early Wednesday morning.
Capt. Rusty Cooper said officers were already in the 1900 block of Airfield around 2:45 a.m. responding to a suspicious activity report when dispatch received a 911 call from a woman who reported that her husband had confronted a burglar in their kitchen. The couple and their daughter were reportedly alerted to the suspect's presence when their dog began to bark.
Cooper said officers were just two houses down from where the call originated from investigating a car that had its doors opened and appeared to have been rummaged through.
Cooper said the suspect, 22-year-old Cameron James Hawthorne, did not fight the homeowner and complied with his requests. Cooper said it appeared Hawthorne was under the influence of drugs at the time.
Hawthorne is believed to have burglarized seven cars before entering the home.
"We would encourage people to lock their cars," Cooper said. "There was no evidence that he was breaking in and that the cars appeared to have been unlocked."
It's not clear how Hawthorne entered the home.
Cooper said the homeowner, a man in his mid-30s, was within his legal rights to threaten the use of lethal force. The Arizona legislature in 2006 passed what is commonly referred to as the "Castle Doctrine," which says that person is justified in threatening or using deadly physical force against another to prevent the commission of a number of felony crimes. The full bill is available for review at www.azleg.gov.
Hawthorne was allegedly found to be in possession of items reported stolen from the vehicles in the neighborhood. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail on seven felony counts of vehicle burglary and one felony count of residential burglary.