With 12-year-old daughter's help, Salina man fends off intruder

Published: Sep. 20, 2019 at 9:38 PM CDT
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A Salina man confronts a home intruder and holds the man at gunpoint until police arrive.

The homeowner says he'd never met the man who kicked in his door Thursday night, but he was ready to do anything to protect his daughter.

Ron, "Rodeo" Griffin says he noticed the man who broke into his home was bleeding from his foot . Griffin tried to talk to the man who said he was running away from someone.

Griffin says it wasn't until the intruder closed his door and attempted to lock it that he felt threatened. He asked his 12-year-old daughter to grab his gun to protect them.

"I (told) him, 'don't come any closer this way because I will shoot you,'" Griffin says.

Griffin is 63 years old and recently had quadruple bypass surgery. But his daughter, Macy, says her father prepared her for emergency situations like what they encountered Thursday night.

"We kinda always are prepared for these situations, so if these situations ever happen, we're kind of you know, prepared and ready."

Griffin held the man at gunpoint and says the police showed up within minutes after the call to them. Police took the intruder into custody.

Griffin says he's proud of his daughter and glad they are safe.

"You got a 12-year-old daughter in the house, you're gonna do what you can to protect her," he says.