Resident holds break-in suspect at gunpoint for police

A gut feeling and a sense of community might have stopped a Wyandotte crime spree before it ever happened.

At noon on Thanksgiving as Chris Frania was hanging lights he heard a noise in his garage.

"I see this guy standing at my door in the garage (connected) to the house," Frania said. "With his hand on the knob and ear against the door,"

The man he saw in his garage was Noel Oviedo, a man from Detroit with a dozen convictions for drugs and home invasions.

Inside Frania's house was his newborn and 4-year-old son.

"I say, 'Who are you, get out of my garage right now,'" Frania said. "He looks with wide eyes and he's like, 'Is a Dave or Steve Miller here?'"

It could have ended there, the would-be criminal moving on. But it didn't.

Frania followed Oviedo to Mike Dakin's home a few streets down and watched him go into that garage.

"I had a gut feeling he was up to something wrong, so I knocked on the door," said Frania.

"I opened up the door and the guy said he was just in his garage and he followed him," Dakin said, "And saw him go into my garage."

"This guy (Dakin) has a gun and goes 'Get out of the garage,'" Frania said.

With a gun in his face. they say Oviedo started making excuses.

"He said he was cold but it was Thanksgiving," Dakin said. "It was 50 degrees I was in shorts and a T-shirt."

Two strangers separated by a couple streets,  one on the phone with police, the other wth a gun holding the suspect until police could arrive.

Oviedo was charged with home invasion. And these two neighbors just illustrated what community means to them.

"There is nothing more important than neighbor looking after a neighbor," Frania said.

"Watch out for your neighbors," Dakin said. "The police can't be everywhere."

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