NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - An Antioch man is dealing with a big mess after a burglary attempt goes sideways.

The burglar fell through the ceiling just before getting caught on Wednesday afternoon. 

News4 spoke with the homeowner who got an alert to his phone from his camera system while he was at work. A strange car pulled into his driveway on Took Drive.

He didn't recognize the man he saw at the back door.

"Then he was right there looking through the glass door and then he suddenly kicks the door and snatches the camera off the wall," the homeowner said.

The homeowner didn't want to be identified out of concerns for his safety. He called police who surrounded the house in minutes.

"My concern was that I had a gun inside my house and I didn't want him to get a hold of it and hurt somebody," the homeowner said.

Metro Police said Justin Mangrum was trying to hide. That didn't work out for him when he fell through the ceiling onto the kitchen floor.

"I'm not sure what he was thinking, but I can say it's karma," he said.

The man also said Mangrum tried to take his computer monitors and laptop. He's grateful for the outcome.

"Without them, he could've gotten away. If someone was home, it could've gone the other way. I thank God for this and the police for everything they do," the homeowner said.

Mangrum was taken to General Hospital to be treated. After he's released from the hospital, police said he'll face aggravated burglary charges.

As for the homeowner, he told News4 he plans on working from home and keeping his gun close by his side.

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Cameron Taylor is a national Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist who joined the News 4 team in December 2018.

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