Alleged burglar dies after being tied to tree by homeowner

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MOBILE, Ala. – Authorities in Alabama are investigating a man’s death after a homeowner said he tried to break into his home.

Nathaniel Johnson, 68, told deputies that his home had been burglarized several times in the past, and he was going to do everything in his power to make sure it didn’t happen again.

Johnson claims he set a trap and parked his car at a neighbor’s home so it would look like no one was home. Then, he waited inside until someone broke the lock.

According to WALA, Johnson told police that he tackled the alleged burglar, tied his hands behind his back and brought him over to a tree.

The sheriff says that Johnson admitted to tying Cleveland Gully to the tree with electrical wire, rope and masking tape, adding that he wrapped the tape around Gully’s mouth and head.

At that point, he went to a neighbor’s home and called 911. When deputies arrived, Gully was pronounced dead.

Authorities say his cause of death is still under investigation, but Johnson is not facing charges at this time.