Bing Cheng Liang, a 66-year old El Monte resident, woke up from his afternoon nap Tuesday after hearing a loud bang and found himself face-to-face with a stranger.
The man apparently took the screen off his window, climbed in and made it halfway inside.
“I see the guy, half body, in the window,” Liang recalled Friday.
He said that the man appeared to be shocked to because he thought no one was home.
“What was I supposed to do? I just started yelling, ‘Hey, what happened, man,’” Liang said.
The man told him that he was being chased and was trying to get away.
Liang started trying to reason with the man. He eventually pulled him inside his home and told him not to move.
Lang then realized he had to defend himself and he got into a fighting stance.
The man eventually, described as being in his 20s, eventually got on his knees and surrendered to Liang.
He called police while keeping the stranger close.
El Monte Police officers arrived at the scene and took him into custody.
Police said the man is a self-described gang member who really believed he was being chased.
“The man was definitely altered and I’m not sure what the contributing factors were,” said Lt. Ben Lowry.
“We don’t believe there was any criminal intent from the investigation that took place.”
The suspect was taken to the hospital and released, police said.
Lang was not injured during the incident.