Man in my town arrested... For tackling trespasser at night on his property :/

#1
This just really pisses me off.... The police in my town are notorious for being failures but this just takes it to a new level.

The Delmar resident, in his underwear after having gone to bed, tackled one of the fleeing boys in his yard and waited for police to arrive, only to be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. He was issued an appearance ticket to answer the misdemeanor and violation charges in Bethlehem Town Court on Aug. 3.

Not charged were the teens, who allegedly pounded on his back door, rang his front doorbell and skulked around his property in the dark -- punctuated by a torrent of profanities from the slow-footed boy the man caught and kept inside his house until the cops got there.

Shortly after 10 p.m., with his wife, 3-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son all upstairs in their beds, Van Plew remembered he had left paperwork on a dining room table and went downstairs in his underwear to move it to his desk so it would be secure.

That's when he caught a glimpse out a window of a shadowy figure standing close to his house, along with some other movement out front.


http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=952628

TL;DR

Teens ding dong ditch (Ringing the doorbell then running) man shortly after 10 at night, he tackles one and brings him inside while waiting for cops, cops charge THE MAN with endangering the welfare of a child and 2nd degree harassment.

Sure he brought him inside, but how is he in the wrong? What would you do if that happened while your family was sleeping in your house? It just pisses me off that they're letting the teen get away and charging the VICTIM.
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He brought him inside?


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I caught a trespasser once, I got charged too.
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#5
I wouldn't have charged the guy with anything. That's just stupid. He probably shouldn't have taken the kid inside, but still.


I can understand not charging the kids with anything either though. They were just performing a harmless prank on the guy.
#7
False imprisonment maybe, but not endangerment of a child or harassment. I don't see him getting convicted of anything.
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TL;DR

Teens ding dong ditch man shortly after 10 at night,...


Is that a US term or am I missing something?
It's bullshit that he got arrested though, don't you guys have self-defense laws or something over there? (I recognise it's not really self-defense, but meh.)
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I wouldn't have charged the guy with anything. That's just stupid. He probably shouldn't have taken the kid inside, but still.


I can understand not charging the kids with anything either though. They were just performing a harmless prank on the guy.


harmless prank?

if at 3 pm it is, but not if you spook his house all night.
stupid police jerks.
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Is that a US term or am I missing something?
It's bullshit that he got arrested though, don't you guys have self-defense laws or something over there? (I recognise it's not really self-defense, but meh.)
It's when you ring somebody's door bell, and then run like hell.

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Dont take them INSIDE, just tie them up and declare "citizens arrest". Say he was threatening to kill you, so its a felony.
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I can understand not charging the kids with anything either though. They were just performing a harmless prank on the guy.

If anything, the kids should be charged with harassment.
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key words..... "my town"
cops know dick in "towns". city cops are the shit.
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It's when you ring somebody's door bell, and then run like hell.

It's good, clean fun when you're a kid.

We call it dolly-knocking over here... yours makes more sense to be honest.

EDIT: Wow, I Wikipedia'd it, and the page is called Knock, Knock, Ginger
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We call it dolly-knocking over here... yours makes more sense to be honest.


Where I live it's just called knock a door and run.
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#16
Moral of the story:
Don't call the cops.
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We call it dolly-knocking over here... yours makes more sense to be honest.

EDIT: Wow, I Wikipedia'd it, and the page is called Knock, Knock, Ginger
Dolly-knocking. I like that.

And that page is great.

"Ding Dong Drive" A group rings a door bell, then gets into a car and waits for the victim to come outside then proceeds to drive away.


I would do that if I was sixteen again.

"Ding Dong Dickie" A person rings the doorbell and then loudly berates the administration of President Nixon to whoever answers the door. Popular in the 70s.
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key words..... "my town"
cops know dick in "towns". city cops are the shit.





this. I live in a small town and the police here are absolutely hopeless. One time somebody crashed their car into our fence, where the brown hedge is now in the middle of the night, which must have included driving down that grassy slope then drove off, leaving their front bumper and a trail of oil all down the road to where they parked, we went to the police because they'd knocked the whole fence down. The police did absolutely nothing, even though there was a quite literally a trail of oil going to a parking space in which there was a car missing its bumper.

edit: and yes the sign at the top says 'police'. because the police station is next door to my house.
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We call it dolly-knocking over here... yours makes more sense to be honest.

EDIT: Wow, I Wikipedia'd it, and the page is called Knock, Knock, Ginger



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Dolly-knocking. I like that.

And that page is great.


I would do that if I was sixteen again.


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A middle-aged man, in his underpants, tackles a teenage boy and drags him into his house.
hmmm
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this. I live in a small town and the police here are absolutely hopeless. One time somebody crashed their car into our fence, where the brown hedge is now in the middle of the night, which must have included driving down that grassy slope then drove off, leaving their front bumper and a trail of oil all down the road to where they parked, we went to the police because they'd knocked the whole fence down. The police did absolutely nothing, even though there was a quite literally a trail of oil going to a parking space in which there was a car missing its bumper.

edit: and yes the sign at the top says 'police'. because the police station is next door to my house.


All the cops in the UK are useless and corrupt, no matter where you live.
#23
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"Ding Dong Delivery" A person puts something into a package box; then puts it onto a person's doorstep, rings the doorbell, and runs.


hmmmmm


#24
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A middle-aged man, in his underpants, tackles a teenage boy and drags him into his house.
hmmm



This. There could be more to the story than what's being reported. But I wouldn't have been to kind to the trespasser either, but I may have handled it a bit differently.
#25
Since it was a middle aged man in his underpants I think he was stupid for bringing the boy in his home. That just makes him look bad.


Also ding dong ditch is harmless fun. They would have most likely left the guy alone after they ran away.
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Since it was a middle aged man in his underpants I think he was stupid for bringing the boy in his home. That just makes him look bad.


A middle aged man in his underpants WHO HAS A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN.

What's the problem?
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I thought we could shoot people for trespassing here in the U.S.


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harmless prank?

if at 3 pm it is, but not if you spook his house all night.



It still wasn't hurting him. If he would have just yelled at them they probably would have left him alone.
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Kids are lucky they didn't harass the home of a pedophile or serial killer.

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Moral of the story:
Don't call the cops.

yea just tie the kid up and get ur kids and wife to come downstairs and kick the shit out of him.
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In Florida law, what the kids were doing was illegal and trespassing. I dont know what NY law is but apparently it didnt hold up..Sucks for him.


Anyways, ive trespassed before as a youngin'. It wasnt to harrass some old man though; it was because there was a really creepy trail leading to the property, one of those cheap signs that said "Trespassers will be shot" and then two red and gold shot gun shells in the dirt nearby. C'mon..when youre a kid that just screams ADVENTUUUREEE~~

Thinking back, that just screams "Youre an idiiiooot~" !
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In Florida law, what the kids were doing was illegal and trespassing. I dont know what NY law is but apparently it didnt hold up..Sucks for him.


Anyways, ive trespassed before as a youngin'. It wasnt to harrass some old man though; it was because there was a really creepy trail leading to the property, one of those cheap signs that said "Trespassers will be shot" and then two red and gold shot gun shells in the dirt nearby. C'mon..when youre a kid that just screams ADVENTUUUREEE~~

Thinking back, that just screams "Youre an idiiiooot~" !



scarily for me that still screams ADVENTUUUREEE! lol
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I thought we could shoot people for trespassing here in the U.S.


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I think it depends what state you are into your house. Some states have it so you can shoot people if they break in, others do not. According to Wikipedia, in New York, "Deadly force justified to prevent burglary or arson of the home." So I guess they are saying here that the kid wasn't trying to rob or damage them, so he couldn't attack him?
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In Florida law, what the kids were doing was illegal and trespassing. I dont know what NY law is but apparently it didnt hold up..Sucks for him.


Anyways, ive trespassed before as a youngin'. It wasnt to harrass some old man though; it was because there was a really creepy trail leading to the property, one of those cheap signs that said "Trespassers will be shot" and then two red and gold shot gun shells in the dirt nearby. C'mon..when youre a kid that just screams ADVENTUUUREEE~~

Thinking back, that just screams "Youre an idiiiooot~" !
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