Posted at: 06/11/2012 6:22 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann
GUILDERLAND - While he doesn't want to reveal his identity, a Guilderland homeowner wanted to send a message about self protection in the home, after an intruder reportedly pounded and yelled outside his door.
"I keep replaying it over, why did I open that door?" he said.
He wished he'd never opened the door just after four in the morning Sunday, to a man pounding and demanding money.
"Starts yelling at him about how he wants money for two kegs of beer that he dropped off earlier that day. Individual knows nothing of this whatsoever. There was no party at the house," said Craig Apple, Albany County Sheriff.
Albany County sheriff Craig Apple says 20-year-old Cody Lassonde, an active duty Marine from Altamont, was intoxicated when he pushed his way into the home on Veeder Road. The wife inside called 911. The husband grabbed this 12-gauge shotgun, a Remington 870 used for hunting.
"At that point, I felt my only means of protection. I'm not going to get into some hand to hand combat with somebody," he said.
The homeowner said they managed to get Lassonde out of the house and locked the door, standing on one side with the shotgun poised, as Lassonde banged and shouted to get back in.
That's when deputies arrived, wrestling Lassonde to the ground and tasing him for the arrest, saying the Marine blew a point one seven after the incident.
"He was actually very cordial and polite once he sobered up. Had no recollection whatsoever. But needless to say intoxication and stupidity is not a defense," Apple said.
The homeowner was glad he didn't have to use his shot gun for self defense.
"Well, if I had to if he had broke through the door, I would've used the gun, I wouldn't have tried to kill him but I would have shot at his leg or something," he said.