ELGIN, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina man held a burglar at gunpoint after the suspect broke into his home and started beating his 11-year-old son.
Kershaw County Chief Deputy Jack Rushing says deputies responding to a burglar alarm at an Elgin home around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday found the homeowner with a gun trained on 23-year-old Nathaniel Roberts
Rushing says the homeowner told deputies right after the alarm went off, his son started screaming and Roberts started beating him.
Rushing said in a statement the homeowner grabbed his pistol and held Roberts for police.
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Rushing says Roberts appeared to be drunk or high.
Roberts faces burglary and assault and battery charges. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.