Maine Man Blinds Home Invader With a Flashlight, Then Holds Him at Gunpoint [VIDEO]

Buxton’s a rural area not far west of Portland, Maine. And while the state’s “stay healthy at home” order doesn’t expire until the end of the month, that didn’t stop a home invader from forcing his way into Eric and Missy Bartlett house this past weekend.

Fortunately, the Bartletts are gun owners.


“It was nerve-racking obviously. It was 3 o’clock in the morning. You don’t expect that,” Eric Bartlett said.

The couple, both certified Maine Guides and avid hunters, jumped into action. Missy dialed 911 as Eric grabbed his flashlight and gun and headed downstairs.

Eric blinded the intruder with a flashlight, then forced him at gunpoint into a bathroom where he held him until police arrived.

Police say Joseph Harmon, 48, of Buxton was arrested and faces multiple charges, including burglary, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest, and theft by unauthorized use.

Coronavirus or not, criminals aren’t going to stop what criminals do. And with lots of convicts being freed from jails and prisons, there are more of them out there to do it.

That, of course, is exactly why Americans continue to buy firearms at a record pace.


  1. avatar N Texas says:

    Out STANDING , glad didn’t have to shoot , very glad captured thud !!!

    1. avatar Paul says:

      Well, Eric is no fool. He put the intruder in the bathroom, so that if he did have to shoot, cleanup would be easier. I mean, you don’t want blood splatter all over your living room, kitchen, or bedroom, do you?

    2. avatar Thixotropic says:

      Nope. We need to be RID of these criminals not send them on vacation.

      ANYONE that breaks into my house with me in it (Robbery) will have made his last poor life choice.

      1. avatar Pissed at Idiots Day says:

        Murder is a lot different from stand your ground or being directly and immediately threatened you fucking dildo. It’s jerkfucks like you making statements like this that make legitimate self defense and carry by the rest of us harder than necessary. Didn’t read anything saying the bad guy even possessed or threatened with a weapon.
        Same goes to the moron who would like to have shot him in the face and placed a knife in the dead guys hand. Couple of people that are legends in their own small minds.

        1. avatar Michael Christensen says:

          I live in Maine, we do not have a stand your ground law here. You must retreat if you can, which I find very stupid if you are on your own property.

        2. avatar Mik Jones says:

          The sad cold reality is that in many cases the arrested individual will return to the site of the arrest to “punish” those he holds responsible for his arrest. A dead perpetrator does not have the ability to return. “Nobility” or “charity” is not rewarded in real life by criminals.

        3. avatar Jeremiah Heikkila says:

          Just being inside your house at 3 am is a threat to your well being. I almost broke my neck rolling my eyes at your statement.

        4. avatar Guadalupe Jorge Sanchez says:

          @pissed at idiots day I’d like to shoot you in the face punk ass bitch.

  2. avatar Hush says:

    Great and good for the Bartlett’s. Congratulations.

  3. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    These idiots never seem to learn that it’s the rural citizens that own the majority of the firearms, know how to use them and (wait for it) are home at 0300 hrs.

  4. avatar Chief Censor says:

    In Los Angeles a man rammed people with his truck. He got out when the police came. He walked toward the police with a knife.

    1. avatar CheeseGrits says:

      Clearly a zombie.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      “why’d they have to shoot him so many times” /s

      1. avatar CheeseGrits says:

        “He was turning his life around until he got the virus.”

    3. avatar Paul says:

      That is how you put a mad dog down. As long as it moves, it’s a threat. No BS about animal rights, or any other crazy nonsense – when it stops moving, then it might be safe. What the hey, couple more shots can’t hurt!!

    4. avatar BOBO says:

      YA sure that this is not Mexico?

      Thanks to DNC Stealership over the last 3 decades its coming close to being just that…..LOL

  5. avatar possum says:

    “What did the possum say after comming back from death by F150,?”,I saw two bright white lights.”

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      But we’re glad he is back… 🙂

      1. avatar jwm says:

        What’s this ‘we’ shit? You got a mouse in your pocket?

        I keed, I keed. Possum is one of our local eccentrics. It’s good to have comic relief once in a while.

  6. avatar ChoseDeath says:

    What a great story! Glad they’re safe, and it’s FANTASTIC they didn’t have to hurt anyone! Love it.

  7. avatar Rusty - Always Carry - Chains says:

    Why do local stations always feel the need to follow up a story like this with some gun control fool telling everyone what they just saw didn’t happen?

  8. avatar Guadalupe Jorge Sanchez says:

    I would’ve shot him in the face, then put one of my kitchen knives in his hand.

    1. avatar Did-you-say-that-online? says:

      You may want to seek assistance, base on your post (this thread). That statement or posting of yours, may very well be used against you at your next trail.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        They going to ban him from trail walking just for a lousy attempt at humor?

      2. avatar Guadalupe Jorge Sanchez says:

        @Oh my God did you just say that online I’m such a conõ it won’t, maricon.

      3. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Boy, have we become a nation of chickenshits. Simply requires memorization of the sentence “I had planned to do that, fortunately it was not necessary, because he attacked me.”

      4. avatar possum says:

        Yup he’s dade, No don’t call the cops start the kettle boiling and get the butcher knives. We’re not sharing this one.

      5. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        would that be the ol’ jism trail?

  9. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    A nice very bright flashlight should be part of your EDC. Using a flashlight to Blind a criminal certainly is a lot cheaper for you personally then shooting him with a firearm. If the flashlight stops his actions.

    Sometimes all it takes is a bright light to stop an intoxicated person I’m doing harm to you.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      On my night stand I have a light someone gave me. Don’t know the brand. But in addition to having a very bright white light it has a strobe setting. And the flashlight is sturdy metal and big enough to use as a club if needed.

      1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        I also keep two D cell mag lights next to my bed. One is a 3 cell and the other is a 5 cell. They sure do make impressive clubs.

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          i keep a club next to my flashlight.

        2. avatar Coolbreeze says:

          I use my flashlights to see who I’m shooting at so I don’t need to club them.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      My flashlights are beyond 1000 limens, far in excess of enough to cause actual physical damage to your eyes when used in broad daylight, never mind darkness.

      1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        My EDC flash light has an 1100 luminous capacity. And has a very nasty strike bezel. I haven’t sharpened the points of the bezel, yet.

      2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        that calls for 1000 mojitos.
        does sharpening the bezel make the beams penetration pierce farther?

    3. avatar Drew says:

      I keep a Ruger 1911 45 cal next to my bed! When seconds count the police are minutes away!!! Long enough for the deceased to be found with a knife in his hand!!!

  10. avatar former water walker says:

    Wonderful story…my missus has a “dedicated” handgun for home defense. She claims she can see at night after she said she’d jump out of bed much faster than me(she’s right!)I told her to grab a flashlight along with the gat(nowhere to mount a light). I’d likely grab my AR with mounted light,red dot & 3x magnifier(I doubt I’d need the magnifier). It’s getting weird around here. Fatboy Prickster just extended stay at home till May30😩😖😟

  11. avatar beefeater says:

    Originally read the title of this post as “Blind Man Fights Home Invader With a Flashlight, Then Holds Him at Gunpoint” and thought about how bad a home invader you have to be to have that happen. Then I reread the title…

  12. avatar conrad says:

    I hear it was a 1500 lumen Surefire.
    Glad he didn’t strobe him, he might have had seizures.

  13. avatar Debbie W. says:

    Good news is good people prevailed. Bad news is there are more out there just like the perp or worse. Be prepared. Be prepared.

  14. avatar GS650G says:

    Perp is damn lucky. Most people would have needed new rugs.

  15. avatar jwm says:

    It’s always better to not shoot if you can avoid it. Only the person on the spot can decide how far to go. These folks made the choice that worked best for them.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    Maine Man, you are the main man!

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      not what mark bolan had in mind.

  17. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

    Maine Man seems to be more evolved than Florida Man.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Neanderthal Man is more evolved than Florida Man.

  18. avatar SuspiciousFisherman says:

    Take some advice from Clint Smith here. Tons of different scenarios and variables.

  19. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Is serious question. Has anyone taken a Low-light shooting class? Looking for any information I can find. Two classes already cancelled in my area darn it.

    1. avatar Jason says:

      Is that when you have to write an essay, at night, in a classroom, and they turn the lights off?

    2. avatar Defens says:

      Yes. A couple of them. Jeff Gonzales teaches a great low light class, if you get a chance to train with him. So do Marty Hayes and Greg Hamilton, in Washington.

    3. avatar SuspiciousFisherman says:

      What are you asking? There is a lot of specific low light training, and most ranges that would offer classes you might as well just YouTube some stuff then go out camping and DIY. Unless you have NODS or you are looking for low light indoor training, it’s really nothing special that cannot be researched yourself. Also unless you are a first responder, it’s not anything you really need to practice but maybe just be aware of instead. Light control, when to use a light, when not to, where to point the light (blowing out someones “night vision”)… stuff like that. I doubt any ranges will be offering classes any time soon.

  20. avatar Jason says:

    I can relate to this story as 3 years ago I blinded a burglar with the muzzle flash, then kept him at flashlight point only to realize later the muzzle flash had caused a projectile to go in the burglar’s melon and I wasted my time holding a dead body at flashlight point for approximately 9 minutes (until the cops showed up). I just got mixed up, it happends, when I worked armed security I yelled “tazer tazer tazer!” while I was shooting at a juvenile who had trespassed on property, thankfully I missed, lol what a life.

  21. avatar Paladin says:

    You break into my house you get to stop being alive, stop taking up useful air and resources that the rest of a civilized society needs! It’s a shame we have to put up with this scum, but hey do your part and plant them as needed you know the green new deal!

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