Turning the tables: Cape Coral couple holds intruder at gunpoint

Posted: 11:03 PM, May 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-10 08:06:33-04

An intruder broke into a Cape Coral couple's home this weekend, but the residents were able to turn the tables and hold the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

Cape Coral Police arrested 35-year-old Michael Rogoff after he broke into a home in the southwest area of the city Friday just before midnight.

Michael McGuire was asleep when his wife woke him up after discovering her screen and front doors open. When McGuire checked the house, he noticed something strange behind the door of the bathroom: Rogoff was crouching down and hiding.

"Tried to slam the door up against him. Told my wife to call 911," McGuire said.

His wife called and then handed McGuire a gun.  "She hands me her pistol and I held him at gunpoint until the police  arrive," McGuire said. "He was actually sitting in the tub like he was going to be taking a bath until the cops arrived."

His wife took photos of McGuire holding Rogoff at gunpoint.

McGuire said Rogoff was after his wife's prescription pills. At one point, Rogoff tried to escape through a window, and asked McGuire to let him go and forget the whole incident.

When Police took Rogoff away, an officer asked McGuire if he'd recently had pest service. That's when McGuire realized Rogoff was at his home last year to do pest control.  "That's him. That's the guy that does our bugs," McGuire said.

The McGuire's put up a surveillance camera out front and locked up their belongings.

"He looks like he was strung out. He was only here for the fix. I'm hoping he gets the help that he needs," McGuire said.

Rogoff was arrested in February for prowling.

McGuire said the pest control company has apologized several times for what happened and offered to do whatever it takes to make things right.