Homeowner holds teens at gunpoint

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 13, 2011

Two teens have been arrested on breaking and entering charges after a homeowner held them at gunpoint until officers arrived.
Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy D.A. Whitley responded to a breaking and entering call at 639 Poole Road in Salisbury at about 1:50 a.m. Thursday.
When Whitley arrived, he found two teens — Keith Rattz Jr. 17, of 780 Poole Road, and Cody Sisk, 18, of 610 St. Peter’s Church Road, Gold Hill — being held at gunpoint by Kenneth Harvey, the homeowner.
Harvey told officers that noises in a building behind his home woke him.
Clad in a pair of boxer briefs and cowboy boots and toting a handgun, he went to investigate.
He found Sisk and Rattz with a duffel bag in one hand and a 12-pack of Bud Light in the other.
He held both the teens at gunpoint and called the Sheriff’s Office.
Rattz and Sisk later reportedly told officers that they had stolen the beer because a friend had committed suicide, and they wanted to drink because of the stress caused by the incident.
They had reportedly been to Harvey’s house before and knew that he had beer in his building.
They were placed in the Rowan County jail, Sisk under a $30,000 bond and Rattz a $20,000 bond.