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Homeowner records takedown of suspect on Facebook Live

Posted at 11:51 AM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 11:51:52-04

A Michigan man says he simply did what he had to do to protect his family when a stranger tried to break into his home last week. But Jonathen Abrams also did something not everyone is trained to do.

Abrams left his house to run an errand when he got a frantic call from his daughter, saying a man was trying to break into their Waterford Township home.

Arbams said he rushed after getting the call and found the suspect outside the front door. Abrams said his instincts as a father kicked in, and his boxing skills, as well.

"I instantly punched him, and he was out cold," Abrams said.

Then he started a Facebook Live stream.

"If anything happened, everyone would clearly see this is not my fault," Abrams said.

The video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

"My heart's racing because I don't know if he has a knife," Abrams said. "I don't know if he has a gun. I don't know what he has, but I'm going to protect my family."

32-year-old Jacob Cruz was arrested and is now charged with breaking and entering. He's pleaded not guilty and is due back in court later this month.