Suspected burglars escape after homeowner pulls gun on them

TACOMA, Wash. -- Two burglars were able to escape a vacant Tacoma home despite being held at gunpoint by the homeowner July 10, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, the homeowner and her son arrived at the vacant home, which is being remodeled in order to be rented out, and found the backdoor kicked in and the dryer running.

They searched the house and found a man and woman hiding in the back bedroom, according to the charging documents. The homeowner pulled out a gun and told the intruders to stay where they were.

She handed the gun to her son to hold on the suspects and went to call 911. But, the suspects knocked the homeowner's son out of the way and ran off, according to the charging documents.

Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived and arrested the male suspect, 30-year-old Brandon McGowan, as he left a nearby backyard. McGowan reportedly had a counterfeit $50 bill, baggie of marijuana, and check taken from the vacant home on him at the time of his arrest.

In addition, deputies found a pry bar and bolt cutters inside the vacant home.

McGowan, who was arrested and charged with burglary on suspicion of breaking into a different vacant home back in February, was charged with burglary and forgery.

The female suspect was never located.