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Billings homeowner reportedly charged armed burglar, held him at gunpoint in bathtub

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BILLINGS -- A Billings-area homeowner reportedly charged an armed burglar and then told him to pray as he held him at gunpoint in a bathtub until officers arrived.

Details of the gutsy intervention were released this week in charging documents filed against the would-be burglar, Roger Acey Hoppe.

Hoppe, 32, has been charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court with felony burglary. He is being held in the county jail on $10,000 bond.

According to the charging documents, the 51-year-old homeowner, identified by initials T.B., said he was in the hot tub outside the master bedroom to his house on South 56th Street West on Friday when he heard a noise.

The man called the other occupant of the house, a woman with the initials S.K., to ask if she was inside, but she was in the shop.

The woman said she then came through the house, didn't see anyone and met with T.B., who then went inside the house.

Once inside, T.B. said he encountered the intruder as he was coming out of a room holding a rifle belonging to T.B.

T.B. "charged (the intruder), grabbed the gun, and kicked" the man, who fell backward into a bathroom and into a bath tub.

T.B. then pointed the rifle at the intruder, told him not to move and called 911. When finished with the call, T.B. told the would-be burglar to pray "to keep (him) scared until law enforcement arrived."

Authorities said they recovered $14,200 in cash after arresting Hoppe. T.B. said he had the cash in a bank bag on the bed in his bedroom to pay a vet bill. 

He also told investigators that he previously employed Hoppe.

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