The Spokane Valley’s Spokesman Review recounts the tale of two Afghanistan tours, 22-year-old Marine Corporal Alex Pohle who, while on leave to his parents home with his wife, returned from the store to find the front door wide open.
After telling his wife to stay in the car, the corporal charged into the house and encountered 43-year-old Christopher Schwanke in his parents’ bedroom;
After a short struggle, Pohle had him in a choke hold and Schwanke pleaded for his freedom. “Let me go, let me go,” Pohle’s mom heard Schwanke begging before he stopped moving.
Pohle credited his military training for the take down move and pointed out the blood on his pants and shirt that didn’t belong to him.
Alex and his parents, Kerrie and Jim, held the burglar down until Spokane Valley deputies arrived within minutes – around 10:45 a.m.
Lucky for the Marine Corps, Pohle has four more years on this enlistment and hopes to become a drill sergeant.