Report: Mom Holds Suspect at Gunpoint for 26 Minutes Before Police Arrive

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A Hudson, Florida, mother reportedly held a home invasion suspect at gunpoint for 26 minutes while waiting for police to arrive.

WFLA reports the mother, 25-year-old Lauren Richards, first called 911 at 12:41 a.m, then called back at 12:54 a.m. to make clear she was holding the suspect at gunpoint and needed police.

A deputy with Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 1:07 a.m.

Fox News reports an armed neighbor had come to help Richards by the time the deputy arrived. That neighbor said, “She’s got little kids. We held him at gunpoint until the cops showed up. Had she not had a gun and been ready to protect herself or call the neighbors, she might [not] be standing here cause who knows what would happen.”

The suspect, 25-year-old Devin Cooke, was taken to a mental facility for evaluation and expected to face charges.

Cooke apparently lives in the neighborhood and Richards now has a protective order against him.

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