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Man Hogtied & Left For Police After Attempting Home Burglary

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  • Burglary Suspect Hog tied (Credit: KOTV)
  • Burglary Suspect Hog tied (Credit: KOTV)
  • Suspect: Robert Cole (KOTV)

(CBS News)-- A stranger breaking into your house is not an encounter any homeowner ever wants to have, especially if your wife is pregnant. But, that was the case in Tulsa, OK when a man broke into a house in Thursday.

The first reaction during a burglary is probably to call 911. However, this homeowner fought back and did something many crime victims would love to do...he hogtied the suspect, according to CBS station KOTV.

The homeowner told the station he grabbed the burglary suspect, hog-tied him, left him in the front yard and then called police.

A photo of the suspect tied up in the front yard of the house on East 54th Street North has become a huge hit on the Internet.

Police later identified the suspect as Robert Cole. They said when he tried to break into the house, a man inside bum-rushed Cole and tied him up.

"He's like a superhero," said Denay Houston of her husband.

It all started when the Houstons heard the glass break outside their daughter's bedroom around 6 o'clock Wednesday morning. They heard rustling inside the garage, and Houston's husband went to the front door.

"And then he waited for him to come out and then he bum-rushed him," she told KOTV.

He did more than just bum-rush him -- her husband tied Cole's hands and feet behind his back - hog-tying him like a rodeo rider.

"I was like, 'That's my man!' I was really proud of him," Houston said.

As soon as Cole was tied up, Houston said her husband turned to her and said he had to leave for work. So he called police and let his wife watch over his catch.

"That's just the type of person he is, you know? That's just the type of person he is. Business is business. 'I got to take care of business, he's safe, the police are coming, I got to go,' " Houston said.

Houston said her husband was never into rodeo or anything, but he does work with horses and knows his way around a rope.

And did he raise his arms in victory? No, said his wife, just a head nod. "Kind of like, 'Okay, what's done is done.'"

Robert Cole faces one charge of first degree burglary.

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