ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens Army veteran who made headlines after he used a pistol to scare a burglar out of his home says he's seeing an outpouring of support from people offering to help buy him a new door.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 53-year-old Mark Sikes, who uses a wheelchair and lives on a fixed income, says his phone hasn't stopped ringing for two days and he's shocked and a little embarrassed by all the attention. But he says he appreciates the help after having to borrow $750 to replace his front door.
Sikes says he was in bed Wednesday when a burglar kicked in his door. He says he pointed a pistol from his nightstand at the intruder and told him to leave. The burglar fled.