Couple holds home invasion suspect at gunpoint

Posted at 8:59 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 07:44:09-04

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. --  Homeowners held a man and woman, accused of breaking into a Military Highway home, at gunpoint until police arrived to make the arrests.

The Amelia couple, whose names were not revealed to protect their identities, awoke Saturday morning to the sound of dogs barking.

"Initially we heard the dogs barking, going crazy," the male homeowner said. "and then I heard a voice."

He then yelled 'Who's in my house?" and received a response that confirmed their worse fears.

"When we heard somebody yell back, that was the scary moment," the female homeowner said.

She then grabbed a gun and handed it to her boyfriend while calling 911.

"I could see a grown man at the bottom of my stairwell again pleading, asking for help," the man said.

The couple then held him at gunpoint until the Sheriff's Office arrived on scene.

The couple would later learn that the suspect drove a stolen car into their shed before entering the home.

"We had a car, what we found out was a stolen car come through, I guess he pulled the emergency brake and crashed into the shed here," she said. "I think it was a random incident but I'm happy and proud of the way we handled it."

Graham Martin, 39, of Blackstone, was arrested for breaking and entering with a weapon and other charges. Kristen Gant, 22, of Prospect, was arrested on a failure to appear in Chesterfield court from a previous warrant. Both were taken to Piedmont Regional Jail.

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