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Man holds would-be burglar at gunpoint

A neighbor held a man armed with a metal pole at gunpoint Thursday afternoon after he spotted the man trying to break down the back door of the woman who lived next door in the 2600 block of West Gardner Avenue.

The neighbor told police that his son alerted him to the stranger who had jumped the fence next door and that he watched the man kick the woman’s back door. She and several children were reportedly home at the time. When the neighbor began yelling, the man reportedly advanced toward him and threatened to kill him several times while swinging the pole, according to court documents.

The neighbor pulled out a handgun and was able to convince the man to drop the pole. The man sat on the lawn until police arrived, according to court documents. Several people told police they witnessed the confrontation.

Frederick D. Orr, 42, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and felony harassment-threats to kill. His bond was set at $100,000 during a court appearance Friday.

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