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68-Year-Old Beats Intruder in Roseburg

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — A man is in the hospital after successfully defending his home and himself from an intruder Thursday afternoon. Alvin Catron, 68, says the fight ended months of burglarizing from, who he says, was the same man each time.

Michael Lee Hatton, 27, was arrested Thursday, for breaking into Catron and his wife’s home. He is in the Douglas County Jail and faces charges of burglary, theft, resisting arrest and others, including an outstanding warrant.

Catron says he originally hired Hatton to do part-time yard work. He knew Hatton as a transient near his home on the 800 block of Esperanza Street. He says Hatton started breaking into his home and stealing jewelry and prescription medication. Investigators had been called to the house multiple times but could never catch anyone. Catron says when Hatton called him Thursday, he played his game, telling him he was not at home. He then called police and says Hatton broke in through his bathroom window during the call. The two struggled after Catron pulled a hand gun on Hatton; he says he hit him with it dozens of times. He says he also grabbed a wrench to beat Hatton, then sat on top of him until officers took over.

“I was gonna take his teeth out with that wrench. I didn’t care. I wanted him to suffer. Because he stole my wife’s cancer medication and made her suffer, with that on my mind I couldn’t stop hitting him,” said Alvin Catron.

Michael Hatton did lose a tooth and suffered from other minor injuries. Catron has suffered from two minor strokes because of the altercation. Hatton could face up to 20 years in prison if he’s charged. Catron says he feels elated that this two-month stint is all over with and he wouldn’t change anything about how he handled the situation.

Roseburg Police are looking into those other possible burglaries involving Hatton.

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