It took Joseph Sapienza a few minutes to get to the front door of his Gastonia house Thursday evening, but when he did, Sapienza had a surprise for two burglary suspects.
Sapienza, 68, who needs a walker to get around, was wielding a handgun when he opened the door, police said. The two would-be burglars ran off.
“I’m hoping they got the idea,” Sapienza said Saturday. “Maybe they won’t come back.”
Sapienza heard noise about 9 p.m. Thursday at the front door of his house, a short distance east of downtown Gastonia. He said the noise sounded suspicious, so he grabbed his handgun, put it in a holster, and strapped the holster to his walker.
When he got to the door, he yelled that he had a gun, and then proved his point when he opened the door.
“There were two men, and they ran off,” Sapienza said.
The next morning, he wrote a note warning would-be bandits to stay away from his house, or else.
“I’ve taken the sign down,” he said Saturday. “I don’t think I need it anymore.”
He said the incident has helped unify neighbors on his street. “We have to stick together,” he said.