VIDEO: Armed Citizen Holds Church Burglary Suspect at Gunpoint


On April 4 Tampa, Florida’s WFLA published video of a church maintenance worker holding a suspected church burglar at gunpoint until police arrived.

According to WFLA, maintenance worker Ed Clayton said he “decided to bring his concealed weapon because the doors to the church had been breached earlier in the evening.” When he arrived at the church to fix the doors, the man who was allegedly trying to get into the building took off running. Clayton cornered him and held him at gunpoint until police arrived on scene.

WFLA reporter Lindsey Mastis and photographer Malik Parler were driving by the church and saw Clayton with his gun drawn.

Clayton said the suspect was able to get around a corner and hide behind bushes. For that reason, Clayton drew his gun to be ready and was able to walk the suspect out into the open.

The suspect–23-year-old John Novobylski–is from Illinois. He faces charges of criminal mischief.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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