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University Park woman stops burglar in her own home

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A University Park mom walked in on a burglary inside her home. Instead of running away and calling for help, she took action.

It happened around 9 a.m. Monday when Carolyn Isler stopped by her house to pick up a few things. She realized things were out of place, and then heard a noise. She said she stopped in her tracks and thought that somebody was in her house.

She didn't run away. Instead she went towards the noise and found Dennis Horton, 53, standing before her. She told him to get down and asked what he was doing at her house.

Horton's arms were full of Isler's belongings including a laptop, a couple of bags of camera lenses and old cell phones. She then went after him. "I had him sort of by the bicep and by the back of the shirt and I was pushing him trying to get him down," said Isler.

The two struggled in the office. While Horton was holding on to Isler's things he was trying to unlatch a side door at the same time. "He managed to get out the door and kind of get ahead of me a little bit," said Isler.

Isler tackled him outside her house but realized she needed more help.

Before she got the attention of neighbors, she tried dialing 911 from her own cell phone. That didn't work and luckily a neighbor ran over to help pin Horton down while Isler called police for help.

Looking back, she said she would have done it differently. "After it was over I was like what was I thinking? If he had a weapon, I really could have gotten hurt," she said. " I know it was probably just adrenalin," said Isler. She said she's glad Horton is off the streets and can't attack other homes.

Isler got everything back Horton was trying to steal. Even the two beers he hid inside one of the bags.

Horton has an extensive criminal history dating back to the early 1980's with charges including drug possession and credit card abuse. He also has multiple felony convictions. He was out on parole through June 2018.

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