Dixon Smith said he confronted the two young men just before noon Thursday after they climbed the stairs to the second floor of his home in Laketon Township, north of Muskegon. Smith and police believe one of the suspects picked the front door lock with a credit card.
"I'm still trying to calm down," said Smith, who was home alone working in his second-story loft. "Within three minutes, I see a guy with a hoodie walking past my front window. They made it almost to the top stair. I came out and told them to lay down."
Smith, whose lymphoma currently is in remission, held the men at bay with the loaded gun while he called 911 and waited for police.
Smith said the suspects assured him they wouldn't try anything and eventually surrendered to police. No one was injured.
"I really tried to be as forceful as possible," Smith said. "I didn't want them to get me into a conversation. You can't let them get too close to where they can grab the gun."
Both suspects were lodged at the Muskegon County Jail awaiting charges, said Sgt. Pat Herremans of the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department.