Burglary Suspect Is Caught, Hog-Tied, Left For Police

By: CBS (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: CBS (Posted by Kion Hudson)

(CBS)-- When a man broke into a house in Tulsa, Okla., yesterday, the homeowner did something many crime victims would love to do.

He grabbed the man, hog-tied him, and left him in the front yard for police.

A photo of the suspect tied up in the front yard of the house on East 54th Street North has become a huge hit on the Internet.

Police say Robert Cole tried to break into a home, but was bum-rushed and hogtied by the homeowner.

"He's like a superhero," said Denay Houston of her husband.

It all started when the Houstons heard the glass break outside their daughter's bedroom around 6 o'clock Wednesday morning. They heard rustling inside the garage, and Houston's husband went to the front door.

"And then he waited for him to come out and then he bum-rushed him," she told CBS Affiliate KOTV.

He did more than just bum-rush him -- her husband tied Cole's hands and feet behind his back - hog-tying him like a rodeo rider.

"I was like, 'That's my man!' I was really proud of him," Houston said.

As soon as Cole was tied up, Houston said her husband turned to her and said he had to leave for work. So he called police and let his wife watch over his catch.

"That's just the type of person he is, you know? That's just the type of person he is. Business is business. 'I got to take care of business, he's safe, the police are coming, I got to go,' " Houston said.

Houston said her husband was never into rodeo or anything, but he does work with horses and knows his way around a rope.

And did he raise his arms in victory? No, said his wife, just a head nod. "Kind of like, 'Okay, what's done is done.'"

Robert Cole faces one charge of first degree burglary.


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