Suspected Burglar Wrapped in 'Layers' of Tape Dies

Alabama homeowner was waiting for him
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2016 4:47 PM CDT
Updated Jul 31, 2016 4:53 PM CDT
Burglary Suspect Dead After Being Tied to a Tree

Authorities in Washington County, Ala., are investigating the death of a burglary suspect who was tied to a tree by a homeowner. "I would say this is a very unusual case," Sheriff Richard Stringer tells FOX 10. Tired of his mobile home being broken into, Nathanial Johnson on Friday night hatched a plan to catch the burglar in the act, reports. The 68-year-old parked his car at a neighbor's house to make it look like he was out, and then waited at his home. At some point, someone knocked on the front door. When Johnson didn't answer, the suspect went to the back door and broke the lock. Johnson chased the suspect, identified as Cleveland Jones Gully, 31, out of the building. At some point Gully fell. Johnson jumped on him and tied his hands behind his back.

Then, per Stringer, Johnson tied Gully to a tree with wire, clothesline, and "multiple layers of masking tape that he had wrapped around his mouth and all the way around his head." Johnson went to call for help. Deputies arrived within 10 minutes to find Gully dead. The cause of death is under investigation. "I don't think he was intending to kill the intruder," Stringer says. "I think he wanted to capture him and have him arrested." Johnson has not been charged. "He doesn't bother anybody," says his niece. "He'll help you if you need helping, so the family just hates what happened." (This burglar has been dubbed "creeper ghost," for good reason.)

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