MN: Vigilante farmer, 74, charged after chasing thief

MSNBC

“A farmer who chased down a thief and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived now faces a more serious charge than the thief himself. Kenneth Englund, 74, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony. The thief, who the sheriff said admitted stealing about $5 worth of gasoline from Englund’s neighbor, was charged with misdemeanor theft. Sheriff Mike Ammend said people can’t take the law into their own hands, and that Englund’s actions were ‘an invitation to a shootout. There’s so many things that could have gone wrong here.’ … More than 350 people attended a fundraising dinner for Englund last month and a petition has circulated supporting him.” (02/02/07)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16942458/

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