Eighteen-year-old Vern Benadom was home sick when he heard
someone enter his family's Ridgecrest, Calif., home. He went to his
parents' bedroom, got a shotgun, loaded it and waited in a closet.
When one of two intruders entered the room and began grabbing guns,
Benadom stepped from the closet and ordered the prowler to put up
his hands. The student then captured the accomplice and held both
for police. The suspects were identified as escapees from a nearby
youth correctional institute.
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