A Sisters man was arrested early Monday after twice breaking into a home, ultimately being held at gunpoint by the homeowner until Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies arrived.
According to Sgt. Troy Gotchy, deputies were called just before 2 a.m. to a burglary in progress at 1659 W. Carson Avenue in Sisters.
Dispatch advised deputies that a man had entered the house by breaking down the back door, Gotchy said. The suspect, later identified as 43-year-old Paul Ryan Huber, was confronted by the homeowner who was armed with a rifle. Huber left the residence after being confronted.
Gotchy said Huber then went to the neighboring house and began ringing the doorbell. The homeowner there also called 911, and told Huber to leave.
Huber then walked over to the area of the original house he broke into where he was again confronted by the armed homeowner, Gotchy said. The homeowner held him at gunpoint until sheriff’s office units arrived on the scene.
Huber was detained at the scene without incident and told deputies he believed his family, who lived nearby, was in grave danger and being held hostage, Gotchy said. Several deputies went to Huber’s residence to conduct a welfare check and found everyone safe and sleeping.
Huber was arrested for first-degree burglary and criminal trespass and second-degree criminal mischief. He was taken to the Deschutes County Jail. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Black Butte Police Department.