Johnson County deputies respond to a breaking and entering call, but find the situation already under control when they arrive. The homeowner and her family held the suspect at gunpoint until law enforcement got there.
News 5's Kristi O'Connor talked to the victim.
Geraldean Barr is still in shock over what happened Tuesday night. She said if it were not for her son-in-law's concealed carry permit, she does not know what could have happened.
About 8:30 Tuesday night, Johnson County deputies responded to a call of a breaking and entering.
"Somebody tried breaking into her house and he's still here. We've got him sitting on the porch," The person who called 9-1-1 said.
Geraldean Barr, 70, was watching TV in her recliner when she heard someone busting through her front door.
"I said he's going to kill me. That's the only thing I could think of to say that. I said Lord help me," Barr said.
She was face-to-face with a strange man was standing in her kitchen.
"The suspect appeared to be intoxicated on some form of narcotic," Johnson County Lt. Shawn Brown said.
"I pushed on him and said 'you get out of here, you get out of here now'," Barr said.
Barr said he was so unsteady, he fell onto her front porch when she pushed him, but that gave her time to call for help. Luckily, her daughter and son-in-law live next door.
"I said come Jonah as fast as you can there's somebody here trying to break in," Barr said.
While her daughter talked to dispatchers, her son-in-law held the suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
"Someone can legally, lawfully possess a firearm and in situations like this often times it prevents something more dangerous or more serious from happening when you can intervene," Lt. Brown said.
Barr is grateful her family was there to help, but just the thought of what could have happened keeps her up at night.
"I didn't sleep any. It's just so unnerving. I'm just really nervous," Barr said.
Barr says she was impressed deputies arrived within just 5 minutes. Lt. Brown says the suspect, 32-year-old Charles Hawkins, is a registered sex offender.
He was taken to the Johnson County Community Hospital for treatment of being under the influence. He's charged with aggravated burglary and public intoxication.
Officials say Hawkins was too intoxicated for questioning, so they are not sure of a motive at this time.