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Longview man stops attempted home invasion

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A Longview man says he stopped a home invasion before it happened, and his home's security cameras caught the whole thing.

About twice a night, seven days a week, Donovan Cory wakes up to an alarm.

It's the sound of his outdoor cameras and lights reacting to movement outside his family's home. They're meant to catch people stealing or breaking into cars. Both are problems he's had before.

"If you pay attention, you won't believe the stuff that happens at night," Cory said.

But on Thursday night, even he had a hard time believing what came next.

"I see a guy walking and I think he's going to keep walking and then he stops," he said.

First the man came through the gate, then up the walkway to the front door.

"I'm standing here and I said ‘what do you need.' It sounded like he said help," Cory said.

That's when, he said, his compassion became his only mistake.

"I open the deadbolt to ask him what he needed, and he flies back and hits the door and knocks it open," Cory said.

The man wasn't getting in. Cory and a friend struggled with him for about a minute before Cory pushed him out using a baseball bat. From there, the man slides back through a porch rail and to the ground. Pieces of the broken wood kept him pinned until police showed up.

Cory's three kids watched it all from the front window. He said this will become a lesson for them to keep the door locked.

"That's the first thing, as a parent, you panic," he said. "You're not going to let somebody near your kids."

He said the second lesson will be for himself, not to open the door, even if he's just trying to help someone.

"That's what I was thinking, that I was doing the right thing," he said. "Obviously, I wasn't doing the right thing."

Cory said he thinks the man could see the family's television through the front window and was trying to break in to rob them.

From now on, he said they'll be closing the blinds and buying more cameras.

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