Man who tied, beat up teen claims he was justified

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Police say a northern Indiana man tied a 17-year-old boy to a chair and beat him after claiming to have caught the boy burglarizing his home.

Reginald Greene, 33, told the Miami County Sheriff's Department he caught the teen breaking into his house near Grissom Air Reserve Base outside Peru. He reportedly tied the teen to a chair, used a stun gun on him then whipped him with a belt and kicked him. Greene held the teen for two hours before calling police, according to authorities.

Greene claims the teen had broken into his home before. Some neighbors who have also suffered thefts from their yards told Eyewitness News they understand Greene's frustration but one neighbor said Green simply went too far.

"I understand being angry and that's your home but you have to also understand that you're going to be held to criminal charges also if you do something to him," said the neighbor who asked not to be named. "I know everyone has the right to protect their home but you would think that they would understand they were a minor."

According to police, the teen admitted to stealing from Greene before but said he was invited into the house on Friday.

Greene faces charges of criminal confinement and battery. His girlfriend Tanisha Witt was also charged.