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N.Y. lottery winner and tenant fight thief

Oct 6, 2008, 11:25 am

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New York Lottery

Homeowner to invest in security system, cameras after harrowing incident

Police nab pellet-pistol-packing suspect

Just because he won $10 million in the lottery, Gary Owens said, that doesn't mean he's got a house full of cash.

Owens suspects a gun-bearing would-be thief who forced his way into Owens' home at 3:30 a.m. Friday thought he was going to claim a share of the jackpot.

A man came to his door saying his name was Tony and he was there to repay $1,500 Owens had allowed him to borrow. A man with that first name did owe Owens' money, but he said he knew the hooded man at his door was not his acquaintance.

"I said no, you're not coming in here," he told the suspect.

"He broke down the door, put a gun to my head and told me "Give me all your money,'" Owens said. The victim was told to lie down on the floor, which he did, and the suspect used a long boot lace to hog-tie him.

Owens' downstairs tenant, Pat Dunn, heard the commotion and ran up to help.

While Dunn tussled with the suspect, Owens managed to get himself free. He ran into the kitchen, grabbed a solid wood chair and struck the suspect twice. The man fled.

Owens said he is uninjured, but he now plans to invest in a security system complete with cameras.

"I'm just a shook up a little bit," he said.

Dunn suffered cuts to his head and body and was treated at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Coeymans police developed leads and sent a teletype out on the suspect.  State Police on the state Thruway took Michael A. McGorman, 22, of Brooklyn into custody.

McGorman was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, second-degree attempted robbery, unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon. The gun, police said, turned out to be a pellet pistol.

Owens, a retired engineer with General Electric, won with a scratch-off ticket in April.

"Sometimes I wonder if it's even worth it," he said. "People think I have all this money in my house. I don't.".

Thanks to JackpotWanna for the tip.

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