Homeowner comes face-to-face with burglar, holds him at gunpoint

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Volusia County homeowner came face-to-face with a burglar Monday, but the thief was stopped in his tracks when the victim pulled a gun.

Benton Ledbetter said it's not the first time he's had someone break into his home.

Ledbetter said he didn't know what else to do when he said he came face-to-face with Charles Price, 39, inside his home.

"As I'm walking around the bar from the kitchen, boom, there he is, coming at me and he's got this saw in his hand. And I'm thinking that would hurt if it hit me," said Ledbetter.

Deputies said Price had tools, tennis rackets and buckets of copper wiring they said he stripped from the walls of Ledbetter's New Smyrna Beach home on James Street.

Ledbetter recalled what he said to the burglar, "I says, 'Stay right there' and I said, ‘Drop what you got there and get down on the ground.'"

Once Ledbetter got him on the ground, he called 911.

Ledbetter and his neighbors said burglaries have been a constant problem.

Neighbor Kyle McDuffie said thieves stole construction supplies from his home.

"The public needs to know. We don't need them. They don't need to be out here. They deserve to be in jail," said McDuffie.

Deputies arrested Price and charged him with burglary and not paying child support.