Man takes gun from invasion suspect

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By Jenny Arnold

A Lancaster man held a home invasion suspect at gunpoint with the suspect’s own gun while waiting on sheriff’s deputies to arrive Tuesday.

Ryan Dale Evans, 17, of 1432 Avery Lane, was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted armed robbery, possession of a pistol under 21 and possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the homeowner, 34, was at his Sunnybrook Lane home washing clothes when the teen – wearing a camouflage mask, toboggan and gloves –  came in through back door. The man said the teen pointed a gun at him and demanded money.

The man told deputies he got on his knees and put his hands in the air and Evans got closer and demanded money again.  The man told deputies he grabbed the gun and forced it upwards.

The man and the teen struggled over the gun, resulting in a hole in the man’s bathroom door, the report said. The bathroom counter was jarred from its cabinet during the struggle, the report said.

The man got the gun from the teen and held him at gunpoint.

The man told deputies that the teen first said he had been talked into the robbing him, but then said he was acting alone.

Deputies recovered the gun, a .22-caliber revolver, from the front porch of the home, the report said.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151