Gun-toting neighbor stands in Henrico street, stops admitted truck thief

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Neighbors are praising a Henrico man who took matters into his own hands when he noticed something wrong in his neighborhood. When the man saw another man looking into vehicles parked along Viking Lane, near Woodman Road, at about 8:30 Tuesday night -- he confronted the individual, police said.

"When the resident approached the suspect, the suspect drove a pickup truck right in the path of the resident until the resident drew a handgun, forcing the suspect to stop," Henrico Police spokesman Sgt. Colin Rooney said.

Neighbor Theresa Strickland witnessed the tense situation.

"I saw him demand that he get out of the truck and was standing in the path of the truck and I thought how in the world is he going to make this guy stop his vehicle," she said. "Apparently he did and I'm thankful he did."

"As officers were sorting out this scene, a call for service was received reporting a stolen truck from a nearby business," Rooney said. "The suspect at the Viking Lane scene was identified and found to be operating the stolen vehicle."

Kevon Demont Thomas, 23, of Ackley Avenue, later told police he stole the truck, Rooney said. Thomas was charged with Grand Larceny (Auto) and Operating a Motor Vehicle with no Operator’s License.