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64-year-old man takes down young burglary suspect

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ANDREWS, SC (WCSC) - A 64-year-old man used his boxing background to take down a suspect who apparently broke into his mobile home late Thursday night.

Calvin Tisdale and his girlfriend were lying in bed when police say 19-year-old Jorge Reyes broke in through a glass door.

"She said, 'Somebody's in the house.' I got up; I grabbed my gun. As soon as I turned I saw him," said Tisdale. "I said, 'What are you doing here, man?' He said, 'I just come in here. I'm just trying to sleep.'"

Tisdale didn't believe him and didn't let Reyes get away.

"I hit him with the gun. I hit him a little bit," said Tisdale. "I hit him with a left, so he fell down between there."

Tisdale believed the suspect was after stereo equipment because police found electronics in Reyes' home which were taken in a previous break-in at Tisdale's trailer.

"I looked at him. I had the gun on him. I wanted to shoot him, but something told me not to," said Tisdale. "He said, 'Kill me, shoot me, kill me.' My hands started trembling. I said, 'I'm not going to do that.'"

The homeowner also had a knife. "I started to stick him. I said, 'No, I'm not going to stick him,'" said Tisdale.

Instead he roughed up Reyes, and turned him over to police. Reyes is charged with first degree burglary and is being held in the Georgetown County Detention Center.

Tisdale still has his stereo and his left hook.

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