Update (4:45 PM): Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:
Black male flees from Avalon subdivision after being observed on surveillance video looking through homeowner’s windows.
A homeowner in the Avalon subdivision was startled Wednesday, June 21, around 1:20 a.m. by an unknown black male lurking around their residence. The homeowners were awakened when the unidentified individual was ringing the doorbell.
The caller stated the male subject was seen looking directly into a surveillance camera and mouthing what they believe was “there’s a camera”. At that time, a minivan sped away from the area.
The homeowner then called 911 advising them of the situation. The suspect was then seen looking into windows and attempting to make entry into a garage. The homeowner then went onto the front lawn armed with a handgun and advised the suspect to leave his property.
The homeowner advised deputies the individual then sat on the street curb until he was picked up by a Jeep Wrangler with a white soft top.
We are confident we will be able to identify the individual based on home surveillance video. The suspect could be facing misdemeanor charges.
We support homeowner’s right to self-defense, but are thankful this homeowner made an informed and de liberate decision not to discharge his weapon.
Original post: A prowler was on the prowl last night in the Avalon subdivision by the Rez. This message is making the rounds on Facebook:
So this is the second time I have been woken up to someone trying to open the front door/snooping around the house in the last several months. In Avalon on Sherwood Drive Just before 1:30 am this morning, I caught this man looking thru the garage window, side windows, front windows, and pulling back the side of the garage door to look in the garage. He was dropped off by a light colored mini van in front of my house . He was on the phone with the driver of the mini van.... When he saw my cameras, you can see him running back to the mini van but the driver had left him. They met up around the corner and then the man came back and the mini van left the scene. I held him at gun point and called Rankin County Sheriffs. The man fled and was immediately picked up by a light colored soft top jeep wrangler late 2000s model in front of my house. Rankin County was unable to locate them. The man told me he thought his friend lived here. African American, late 20s to late 30s, beard with medium length hair cut. Please contact Rankin SO if you have or get any information. Be safe out there.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey confirmed the authenticity of this report.