By: Teresa Mull

A North Carolina man apprehended three people who ransacked a home in Asheboro, holding them at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.

A neighbor called Stephen Routh to tell him a group of strange men had entered the home Routh looks after for his parents.

“Routh arrived just as the three suspects were trying to leave, using the home’s back door, and said he held the group at gunpoint while he was on the phone with 911 dispatchers,” Fox News reports.

“I had the gun and they were coming out, and as soon as they saw the big gun pointed at them, their hands went up," Routh told Fox8.

“The entire incident, including Routh ordering the trio onto the ground, was captured on video,” Fox reports.

“There have been too many instances lately of home invasions and things like this where they get caught," Routh said. "And some people have been shot and killed, especially those home invasions. People are not taking this mess anymore."

Two of the burglary suspects were minors. A 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody.

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