Man takes law into his own hands

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LAVEEN, Ariz. -- A homeowner in Laveen says two men tried breaking into his home while he was inside with his wife.

Adam Budwill, 26, said he’s now got a gun after the terrifying experience.
 
“This whole thing goes on for 15 minutes. It was a very short period of time but it felt like forever,” Budwill said.
 
Surveillance video showed two men walk up Budwill's driveway. Another camera angle showed one of the men in the backyard and a bandanna covered his face.
 
“I could feel the jiggle of the door handle,” Budwill said.
 
It's been more than a month since the duo was arrested.
 
The homeowner is outraged no charges have been filed and Budwill fears the pair could do something worse.
 
“With so much evidence, we saw it coming, they got caught and it's still not enough to prosecute with. What about your average family?” asked Budwill.
 
The Maricopa County Attorney's office disagrees.
 
A spokesperson said the case lacked sufficient, tangible evidence showing intent to commit a felony or theft.
 
“This is one of those things, if you don't feel safe in your own house what other choices do you have,” said Budwill.
 
The homeowner warns the next time someone tries to break-in, beware.
 
“I'm not going to let you in but if you manage to get in your probably going home in a body bag,” said Budwill.
 
The Phoenix City Attorney’s office is reviewing the case.
 
Misdemeanor charges could be pending.