attorney foils burglary
By Jeanne Houck, Post staff
Tom Beiting was headed downstairs to his law
office one morning this week from the second-floor apartment in the remodeled
Newport mansion he owns when he was startled by the sound of the back door
Beiting turned to see a man he did not know
silhouetted in the doorway.
But Beiting recognized the case of Bud Light
the man was holding because it was the same case of beer Beiting had bought two
weeks ago for a party and stowed in his refrigerator.
''I recognized my color, portable TV next to
the door, also,'' Beiting said.
Beiting said the man, later identified as
Daniel Young Jackson of Louisville, dropped the beer and reached for his pocket,
so Beiting drew a 9mm semi-automatic pistol he'd clipped onto his belt.
''I couldn't think of anything else to say but,
'You're under arrest,' '' Beiting recalled. ''He immediately wet his pants.''
Telling Jackson - who turned out to be unarmed
- he was under arrest leapt more naturally to Beiting's lips than it would to
Beiting spent 15 years in police work.
He was chief of Dayton police from 1970 to 1977
and was a criminal investigator for the U.S. Army and an intelligence officer
for the U.S. Defense Department.
But Beiting has been practicing law since 1985
and said his confrontation with Jackson about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday convinced him he
made a good career move.
''I was scared to death,'' Beiting said. ''It's
been 19 years since my last felony arrest, and it can be 19 more before my next
After Beiting pulled his gun - for which he
says he has a state permit to conceal and carry - he ordered Jackson to sit in a
chair with hands clasped atop his head.
Beiting had Jackson hold the pose until Newport
Sgt. Mark Crank arrived.
Crank charged Jackson with burglary. If
convicted, Jackson faces five to 10 years in state prison. Jackson has pleaded
Police discovered the 37-year-old Jackson, who
described himself as an unemployed riverboat deckhand, was wanted on charges of
alco hol intoxication in McCracken and Daviess counties.
Campbell District Court records show Jackson
has convictions dating back to 1996 in Jefferson County for resisting arrest,
alcohol intoxication, possession of marijuana and possession of drug
Beiting said Jackson has a record of assault,
theft and drug charges in Ohio and Florida, which is one reason Beiting is happy
he was carrying his gun.
''He's a convicted felon with police assaults
on his record, as well as resisting arrest,'' Beiting said.
Beiting said Jackson apparently got into the
building, which includes two apartments in addition to Beiting's, through an
unlocked back door.
After Jackson's arrest, Beiting said he found
two empty, cold beer cans on the floor of his living room - where he kept his
television - leading the lawyer to believe Jackson tossed back a couple cans
while Beiting slept in an adjacent bedroom.
Jackson is in the Campbell County Jail and has
been assigned a public defender.
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