Dallas Man Defends Neighbor's House

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    A Stephens Park man helped capture a teenager accused of breaking into a neighbor's house last month.

    A Stephens Park man helped capture a teenager accused of breaking into a neighbor's house last month.

    Jason Lennox said he saw the 17-year-old get out of a car full of teenagers, ring his neighbor's doorbell and then head to the back of the house at about noon on Aug. 23, the first day of school in Dallas. Lennox dialed 911 and then grabbed his gun and followed the teenager.

    "As I came around the back of their house, he was kicking in the back door, and it floored me," he said. "I pointed my gun at him and ordered him to the ground."

    Police arrived within minutes and arrested the teenager.

    Dallas police said they are grateful for Lennox's help but don't recommend it, saying they are glad he called 911 first.

    Lennox's neighbor, Shawnna Upchurch, said no one has tried to break into her house in the 12 years she has lived there.

    "We were shocked and very blessed to have a neighbor willing to defend our house for us," she said.

    Lennox said he would do it again.

    "I'm not an argumentative guy, and I'm not out looking for fights, but I'll be damned if I'm going to watch my neighbor's house get burglarized," he said.

    The teenager is charged with two counts of attempted burglary.