Kokomo, IN – Police said that residents of an apartment complex fought with and twice disarmed a man who broke into their residence and pointed a gun at them in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The Kokomo Police Department said the incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 27 at the Annex of Kokomo apartments, located on Washington Street near West Boulevard Street, WXIN reported.
Police said that the suspect – later identified as 18-year-old Marrell B. Tyler – was wearing a black ski mask and carrying a gun when he entered an apartment occupied by three men, Gray News reported.
The men in the apartment told investigators that Tyler walked into the apartment and pointed a gun at the three of them, WXIN reported.
The residents ignored the robber’s threat and quickly jumped on him, knocking his gun out of his hand as they took him to the ground.
Police said the men said Tyler kept fighting and pulled out a second handgun, but the three men were able to wrestle that weapon away from the suspect as well, WXIN reported.
The gun went off during the melee, but police said no one was struck by the bullet.
Once the residents had disarmed the suspect and pinned him down, one of the men grabbed a handgun and then he held Tyler at gunpoint until Kokomo police arrived on the scene, according to WXIN.
Police said that Tyler sustained multiple facial injuries when the residents disarmed him.
He was arrested at the scene and transported to Community Howard Hospital for treatment, Gray News reported.
Then he was booked into the Howard County Criminal Justice Center on preliminary charge of felony burglary, WXIN reported.
Police have not said if any of the residents of the apartment that fought to disarm Tyler were injured in the struggle.