Homeowner keeps burglary suspect at gunpoint until authorities arrive

Zenaido Quinonez-Aispuro

A White City man who heard someone trying to break into his home this morning held the suspected burglar at gunpoint until deputies arrived, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.

Deputies arrested Zenaido Quinonez-Aispuro, 24, a known Sureño gang member who frequents the Medford area but has no permanent address, on charges of attempted first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and two counts of trespassing.

John and Christina Lewis heard someone outside their home in the 3600 block of Avenue G around 5 a.m., sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said in a news release.

They looked out to see Quinonez-Aispuro ripping through screens and trying to get into the house through the windows, the news release said.

John Lewis, 55, grabbed a .38 Smith and Wesson pistol and walked out the front door, waiting for Quinonez-Aispuro to come around to the front of the house, the release said.

Once Quinonez-Aispuro got to the front of the house, Lewis confronted him and told him to stop or he was going to shoot. Quinonez-Aispuro stood still about 20 feet way from Lewis. The homeowner held Quinonez-Aispuro at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived several minutes later.

Deputies arrested Quinonez-Aispuro without incident. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $24,000 bail.

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