Burglary suspect held at gunpoint faces Spokane judge

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 5:42 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The burglary suspect who was held at gunpoint by a homeowner faced a judge Wednesday in Spokane.

Kevin Neu, 36, was arrested Tuesday in Spokane Valley at a house along the 13,000 block of 20th Street.

Court documents said Neu has a criminal history which includes felonies. However, his criminal history does not include any violence acts according lawyers. They also added that Neu has failed to appear before a judge 15 times.

Lawyers said Neu is a transient.

Homeowner Chris Malloy used his shotgun Tuesday to hold Neu until deputies arrived at his house. Malloy said that burglars have hit his property three times in the past three months. Malloy told KREM 2 News that he saw a man outside his window looking at his bikes and decided to confront him.

"I ran out, grabbed my shotgun, ran behind the shop. He was already between the shop and the container, bent over again, looking into a barrel and that's when I jacked the shotgun. He stood up and said a few words, then I had him lay down on the ground," Malloy said.

Deputies said Malloy held the alleged burglar at gunpoint while his neighbor called 911.

Authorities found a set of keys in Neu’s pocket that belonged to a stolen van parked about a block away from the house. The van was reported stolen on Monday from the Newman Lake area according to deputies.  A number of likely-stolen items were also found in the van.

Officials said they believe that all of the items will be linked to vehicle prowlings and home burglaries reported in the Newman Lake area on Monday.
Authorities said Malloy had a right to protect his property and did not go overboard.

Deputies said they believe Neu will be charged with Criminal Trespassing and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

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