Oakland man uses prop gun to hold burglar for police

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PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh police say an Oakland man snuck into a South Oakland residence Sunday afternoon to burglarize it, but was caught and held by a resident with a prop gun until officers arrived.

Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the home invasion was reported about noon on Ophelia Street. A resident was at home playing videogames and wearing headphones when he noticed a stranger inside the house who claimed to be there looking for someone else. The resident, whom police did not identify, pulled out a fake gun, like one used as a movie or television prop, Toler said, and held the suspect until police arrived.

Police questioned Kymarr Freeman, 23, about why he was in a stranger's house with an empty backpack; officers charged him with burglary, criminal trespass and possessing an instrument of crime. He was convicted of burglary and criminal trespass in 2011.

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