The other night I saw first 10 min of a show. Thought they made a interresting situation. So would like to get some others opinions. Late at night, couple sleeping in apt in 20+ story building. Burgler broke in from balcony. Apt owner hears and see burgler climbing up rope.(escaping) At this point only property taken, theif escaping up rope. So he grabs rope/jerks and burgler slides down/hits homeowner. Then slides down to try to get on balcony below/I assume escape thru next apt. So still nobody hurt/items gone, MAYBE you could argue threat to residents in apts below you? The apt owner is upset (property stolen, and minor bruise that was more accident then assult) sees a pruning shears and cuts rope. Burglar falls @18 stories to death. What charges should homeowner face? IF we remove possibility of residents on floors below possibly being in danger how is cutting rope any different then shooting in back? Most important. If that had been you on ledge. Could you have stopped yourself from grabbing rope as you saw crook excape with your money?