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Neighbor armed with a golf club subdues armed robber

Written by Vicky Taylor/Chambersburg Public Opinion | Aug 29, 2016 10:17 AM
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Neighborhood in the 600 block of South Main Street where an armed intruder fired shots during a home invasion Friday night.(Photo: Vicky Taylor/Public Opinion)

 

(Chambersburg) -- A neighbor armed with a golf club is credited with stopping an armed robber as he fled from a South Main Street home late Friday night.

Keith Giles grabbed a golf club after learning there was an intruder at his neighbor's house, then ran to the back of the house just before Kevyn Tyler Rideout, 26, burst out the back door.He swung the golf club at Rideout, knocking him down, then grabbed his sawed-off shotgun just as police arrived on the scene.

According to a Chambersburg Police Department news release, officers were called to a residence in the 600 block of South Main at 11:10 p.m. Friday for a report of a home invasion in progress and shots having been fired.

When they arrived. Giles had already knocked Rideout down and disarmed him.

Isom Polito, a friend of the 17-year-old victim, said after police took Rideout into custody the teenager contacted him on social media and told him what had happened. Polito, who lives in Greene Township, came over and spent the night at the house.

Polito said the house is equipped with an automatic alarm system, which went off when Rideout burst through the back door around 11 p.m. He said another resident in the house managed to escape and ran next door and told Giles what was happening.

According to police, Rideout confronted a 17-year-old in the house, forcing him to the floor by pointing a sawed-off shotgun at his head while demanding money.

During a struggle, the gun went off, police said. Rideout then fled.

Rideout was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, recklessly endangering another person and  firearms violations. He was taken to Franklin County Jail, where he was arraigned by an on-call magisterial district judge the next day.

Tori DeGroat, who lives at the home, was at work when the incident happened. She said a neighbor called her at work and told her about it,. She went right home, she said.

She said she was grateful for Giles' help and the quick response by police.

Polito said he and others had "seen Rideout around" a few times, but didn't know him well. He said the situation was probably pretty scary for the residents who were home at the time, especially the teenager who had the gun pointed at him during the robbery attempt.

Police said the home invasion was an isolated event  and did not represent a danger to the greater community.

This article is part of a partnership between WITF and the Chambersburg Public Opinion.

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