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    110-lb mayor puts burglar in headlock 1 hour, 25 minutes ago[/i]
    OGDEN, Utah - Don't mess with the mayor. Mayor Matthew Godfrey tackled a man who tried to steal a bicycle from his shed — then discovered the would-be thief was a neighbor he knew well.

    "He's from a family that we know and love and respect. They're good friends of ours, and they just have a wayward child," Godfrey said. "I taught this young man in church."
    Godfrey and his wife were awakened at 2:56 a.m. Wednesday when somebody tried to break into their house through a side and then a rear door. Godfrey jumped out of bed, checked on his children, then went outside.
    "He was heading across the front lawn riding a bike of ours," Godfrey said. "I ran him down and tackled him, wrestled him and put him in a headlock."
    And Godfrey is "half the burglar's size," marveled Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner in a slight exaggeration.
    Godfrey, a long-distance runner, stands 5-foot-4 and weighs 110 pounds "dripping wet," the chief said.
    Richard Poorman, 20, weighs 170 pounds on a 5-foot-10 frame.
    "This comes down to what he's always preached to the community: 'Get involved, you can make a citizen's arrest,'" Greiner said. "I don't encourage people to do that, I really don't, but helping us is always a good thing."
    Poorman was arrested for investigation of burglary, robbery, public intoxication, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and possession of marijuana — "we'll stop there," Ogden police Lt. Scott Sangberg said.
    Greiner said Poorman was awaiting trial on charges involving two previous garage burglaries and should have been in jail, but a judge released him without bail pending the trial.
    After Godfrey's wife called 911, Ogden police arrived to see the mayor holding down the man.
    "I guess I feel like it's part of my job getting the bad guys off the street," chuckled Godfrey, whose only injury was a cut behind his right ear.
    The mayor has made reducing crime in Ogden an issue in his re-election campaign and said the incident was evidence of the value of neighborhood watches.
    "People just being vigilant, making a stand, is part of the reason why we've had such huge reductions in crime," he said.
    Asked if it was wise to take on an intruder in an early morning break-in, Godfrey said he would encourage others to let the police handle it.

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    Awesome, sounds like a good guy. Uuuhh what does this have to do with guns? (just curious )

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    I like the Idea that EVEN a Mayor does NOT feel afraid and feels free to step up to the Plate when needed.

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    So does this mayor believe in guns? I would've had the guy at gun point. He's all for neighborbood watch but what about open carrying? I also agree with utoc 45-44.
    "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
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    Maybe the "boy mayor" owns a firearm, but decided not to grab it. That would be kinda cool, a packing mayor, Ogden could use it!
    "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." Robert A. Heinlein

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    His quote has to do with opencarry in the sense that it's people making a stand which will reduce crime..

    Of course he didn't use a gun, but he didn't need it. We don't know if he did have one or not.

    "People just being vigilant, making a stand, is part of the reason why we've had such huge reductions in crime," he said.


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