LEROY, Ala. (WPMI) An Alabama homeowner caught a burglar in the act Friday night, later tying him to a tree where he died.
68-year-old homeowner Nathaniel Johnson set out to catch a neighborhood thief, parking his truck at a neighbor’s house to make it appear like he wasn’t home and waiting in the home for the burglar to strike.
31-year-old Cleveland Gully broke a lock and entered the trailer, unaware that Johnson was watching and waiting for him.
When he saw Johnson was home, he tried to run but tripped. Johnson tied his hands behind his back with a strap and tied him to a tree outside.
“He took electrical wire just like your homes and he wrapped that wire around the trees and around Gully secured him very well then cut the clothes line and tied him some more,” Sheriff Richard Stringer said.
When police arrived ten to 15 minutes later, Gully was dead. Authorities say Gully possibly could have died from asphyxiation or a heart attack.
” I did hear him (Johnson) say I did not mean to kill him, I intended to stop him,” Sheriff Richard Stringer said.
Stringer says Johnson is still behind bars for investigative reasons.
No charges have been filed.
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