Army veteran confronts armed home invasion suspect

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ENID, Okla. -- An Oklahoma homeowner and Army veteran said he wasn't frightened, just aggravated when he grabbed his gun to confront a man who slipped into his residence around 5 a.m. Friday.

Kenneth Fischaber said he woke up to what sounded like a “heard of cattle” upstairs in one of his bedrooms. “I’m looking, and there’s stuff just scattered everywhere. I hear this, he says something, and he cursed,” Fischaber told KFOR. “I look and he threw something at my head. It turned out it was a book.”

Fischaber said he never expected to catch a burglar in that act. "It aggravated me. I wasn't scared, just aggravated. I thought I'd (have) let it go, I didn't need to shoot my house up."

He said he ducked to avoid the book, then the suspect ran right at him. “He came right past me, my gun went off, and he dove in the bathroom,” Fischaber said. “I step back, I went to push the door open, and bang! a shell comes through the door. He says 'I’ve got a gun too, you SOB.'"

Fischaber said that’s when he called the cops. He said eventually the suspect jumped out the bathroom window and took off.

Police said they found the suspect's car abandoned at Wheatridge Road and Fox Drive, full of what they believed to be other stolen property.

Police later found the alleged intruder, Jabier Flores, hiding in a nearby field. Investigators were currently looking for a second person, Guadalupe Rodriguez-Valadez, who was a person of interest in the case.

Fischaber said he’s thankful police were able to catch the suspect. “I would hate to go looking around every time I go to one of the barns, or the garage or something,” Fischaber said. “Wondering if someone was in there.”

Enid City Schools said it placed Glenwood and Prairie View Elementary on a temporary lockout while police were searching for the suspect, but that was lifted once he was caught.

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