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Hendersonville Men Turn Tables On Fugitive Robbery Suspect

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Eddie Riggins recounts the attempted robbery Eddie Riggins recounts the attempted robbery

Eddie and Scott Riggins recounted the tense situation at their Hendersonville home that lead to them holding a robbery suspect until deputies arrived.

They knew something wasn't right when they heard the man at the door late Monday.

"He was beating on the glass real loud," Eddie Riggins said.

Henderson County deputies said Alexander Shugart showed up at the home, covering his face.

"He said give me your wallet, all your money or you're going to die," Riggins said.

Riggins said he was blinded by a flashlight but eventually saw what looked like a pistol in the man's hand.

Deputies later confirmed that it was a toy squirt gun.

Riggins said the man pushed his way in and he pushed back and it damaged the floor.

"He tried to get away from me, the paint is scuffed," he said. "We fell straight on the gravel there and wrestled around."

Riggins' brother Scott joined in, holding the guy on the ground. But the struggle wasn't over, even the suspect's shoes flew off.

"I think they did a tremendous job," Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald said.

Sheriff McDonald's deputies arrived and he says even they had problems subduing Shugart. He ended up injuring two deputies, one had a concussion.

Shugart ended up in jail charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and resisting an officer.

McDonald said this was a risky situation, because you can't predict behavior in people who are desperate enough to rob a home.

"Obviously it worked out well and under the circumstances, I think they did the right thing."

Riggins admits he was scared. He plans to get a real weapon of his own. He hopes his fighting back sends a message to other crooks.

"You never know what you're going to open the door to, we love our families and we're willing to protect them," Riggins said.

Shugart is awaiting a court date in Henderson County. He also awaits extradition to Kansas where he is wanted for other burglary-related crimes


Read the original story here: Kansas Fugitive Arrested After Scuffle In Henderson County

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