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Salem man confronts burglar in broad daylight

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Leon Davis, jail booking photo. (Courtesy: Marion County Jail) Leon Davis, jail booking photo. (Courtesy: Marion County Jail)
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A Salem man came face-to-face with a brazen burglar who broke into his home in broad daylight.

Neighbors in the Adobe Street neighborhood tell Fox 12 they saw a man wondering around the area Monday afternoon, saying he was trying to catch a loose dog.

They say he even borrowed a dog leash from a woman, which was later found in another home. That man ended up being the same suspect, deputies say, broke into a nearby home and stole a gun.

Bill Thompson has lived in his quiet Salem home for 29 years. Until Monday, he’s had no problems in his neighborhood.

“When I went to park my motorcycle, I noticed another door that I don’t normally open, was open,” Thompson told Fox 12.

Thompson said he noticed several things were out of order, and he quickly knew something wasn’t right.

“That’s when I reached in my backpack, pulled out my handgun and went looking to see what was going on,” said Thompson.

Then he saw the intruder.

“I looked out the window and saw a man with an AK-47 and the barrel pointed at the ground. He turned away from me and started to run, and ran at a speed that just amazed me,” Thompson explained.

Deputies said that man is 35-year-old Leon Davis.

Deputies said Davis showed up to Thompson’s home with a stolen motorcycle. After the confrontation, he took off on foot.

With the firearm in hand, deputies said Davis ran to his mother’s house down the road to drop off the rifle, then continued onto another home, where he was eventually caught and arrested.

“Come to find out this isn’t the first time that he’s been in custody, he’s a career criminal,” said Thompson.

Fox 12 has covered Davis' previous crimes before, including back in 2010 when he stole a Ferrari, resulting in a police chase.

“I felt so bad for the mother, it broke my heart. So to be able to pray with her [was special],” said Thompson.

Through all of this, Thompson said there is a happy ending, as he made a new friend with the suspect’s mother.

“I met his mother and I said to her it’s not you. He’s old enough, he’s made his own choices,” Thompson explained.

Davis is now behind bars at the Marion County Jail.

Davis’ girlfriend, Katlin Wiggins, was also arrested for outstanding warrants.

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