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Disabled Georgia vet scares off intruder with pistol

10:42 AM, Jan 26, 2013   |    comments
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BOGART, Ga. -- There's at least one home near Bogart, Georgia that you don't want to invade.

It belongs to partially paralyzed Army veteran Mark Sikes, who lives on disability.

Wednesday afternoon he was relaxing on his bed watching television when he heard a loud noise.

"All of a sudden the loudest bang," he told 11 Alive News on Friday.

"I knew something was wrong and that wasn't normal," Sikes added.

The bang was caused by an intruder kicking in the front door.

"I sat up on the edge of the bed and the next thing I knew a man was standing in the hallway of my bedroom door," Sikes said.

That's when he reached in a nightstand and pulled out his 9mm pistol, pointing it at the invader.

"I hollered, 'what are you doing in my house?' and kind of pointed it at him and he took off running," Sikes added.

He said he came within a hair's breadth of firing.

"He might have hurt me, 'cause there's no way I could fight him, I mean, I'm a paraplegic," he explained.

Sikes now has a new front door at a cost of $750 that he said has strained his fixed income.

He also had some advice for his uninvited guest.

"If I could talk to him, I'd like to say, 'find something else to do and quit trying to rob what little people's got, 'cause you came real close to losing your life for no good reason," he said.

Athens-Clarke County Police have yet to catch the intruder, but he left behind a pretty good piece of evidence for them - his cell phone, complete with a Facebook page.

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