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Man Forces Suspected Burglar to Call Police

November 30, 1993

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ It wasn’t enough for Frank Manuele to catch the man trying to break into his house. He aimed his revolver and made the intruder call police.

″If he hadn’t complied with what I asked, I’d have shot him, no questions asked,″ said Manuele, 67. ″I figure if my life’s in jeopardy, I’d rather it be him than me. And he’s where he don’t belong.″

After hearing a window shatter early Monday, Manuele grabbed his revolver, confronted the would-be burglar, then ordered him to dial 911, police said.

″I’m not going to put the gun down to dial the phone. I don’t know what the hell he’s going to do,″ Manuele said.

The 18-year-old suspect was being held on $50,000 bond.