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Attacked Homeowner Beats Burglar to a Pulp

Jonathan Wise before (left) and after the swelling went down.

Jonathan Wise before (left) and after the swelling went down.

Last week we brought you the story of a terrified burglar who, held at gunpoint by an angry homeowner, called 911 on himself. Today we bring you the story of would-be robber Jonathan Wise, 19, of Oklahoma City, who got the smack down of his life when on November 24, 2012, he broke into the home of Norm Houston, personal trainer specializing in boxing and kickboxing.

According to Houson he was in the kitchen when he heard noises coming from the garage. He opened the back door to find that Wise had forced open a side door and gained entry. Wise, who is about the same size as Houston, probably thought he could take him, so he was apologetic, at first saying, “I’m sorry, I’ll pay for the damages,” then immediately punched Houston in the face, grabbed him and pulled him into the garage. Houston, who told reporters, “You know I ain’t the toughest, but I can hold my own,” did just that, and when he was done, Wise was pinned down on the street, held by Houston until help arrived. Wise, who has been arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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