LEAGUE CITY, Texas — With a karate chop to the throat, a 79-year-old resident disarmed a rifle-toting man who was accused by police of being high on bath salts while trying to break into a home.
Ervin Brittnacher awoke shortly before 6 a.m. Monday to a racket in front of his house in the 3000 block of McFarland Road, League City police Lt. Bruce Whitten said.
“We talked to the homeowner, who said he woke up to a guy banging on the porch,” Whitten said. “It sounded like he was ripping the screen off.”
Brittnacher opened the door to see what was going on.
“He struck him once, took the gun away and shut the door,” Whitten said.
Police arrived and arrested Charles Brian Smith, 38, of Alvin, and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office authorized a second-degree felony charge of attempted burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault. Smith’s bond was set at $40,000, Whitten said.
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