Robber With Crowbar Locks Himself in Bathroom After Confronted by Armed Homeowner

A Fort Wayne man was arrested after he hid in a bathroom when confronted by an armed homeowner. Nathan L. Simmerson was one of five burglars who attempted to rob a home on Saturday.
Allen County Sheriff’s Department – Nathan L. Simmerson (Journal Gazette)

Five criminals invaded a home and made everyone on the first floor get down on the ground. One family member on the floor used the same term that the media loves to use — and yelled upstairs to another family member to get the “assault rifle”… hilarity ensued.
Journal Gazette reported, via Guns Save Lives:

A Fort Wayne man accused of invading a home with four other men was arrested after the others left him trapped in a bathroom and the residents held him until police arrived.

Nathan L. Simmerson, 20, of the 300 block of West Williams Street, was formally charged Wednesday with burglary for what police said was his role in the home invasion in northeast Fort Wayne.

Simmerson and four others, at least two of whom were armed, went to a home Saturday evening in the 4500 block of Hartford Drive, near Stellhorn and Lahmeyer roads, where they donned masks and forced their way into the home when a resident answered the door, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Once in the house, Simmerson went upstairs and encountered a resident armed with a handgun, prompting Simmerson, armed with a crowbar, to barricade himself in a nearby bathroom, the report said.

As Simmerson was in the bathroom, the four other intruders searched the first floor of the house and forced three of the home’s residents to get on the floor.

One of the victims yelled to the resident still upstairs to get an assault rifle, at which point all four of the would-be robbers ran out the front door, according to the affidavit.

Eventually, Simmerson burst from the bathroom and dropped his crowbar as he tried to run downstairs and out of the house, the residents told police.

They said Simmerson ran farther into the house as he tried to escape, but all four residents tackled and held him until police officers arrived.

Hat Tip Mara

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