Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lock & load: Rez prowler edition (UPDATE)

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.  


Anonymous said...

If you shoot them they don't come back.

Anonymous said...

It's Kyrie Irving!

Anonymous said...

Good looking security camera footage

Anonymous said...

"Held him at gunpoint"?? Well where did he go then? How did he get away?

Anonymous said...

Scary situation but a hilarious picture.

Anonymous said...

2:14--Exactly. This is what all these protest of the thugs are doing. Making people think twice before they shoot a thug, allowing more and more of them to do hood rat things. All the reason they are doing what they are doing. Black, white, Cuban, or Asian, no one belongs on someone else's porch after dark. If you are, you're up to something. Don't try and argue you aren't. You think my white ass would survive showing up on the porch of a house on off lynch street after midnihgt?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he was held at paper weight. If you are not going to use a gun you should not have one on you. A rock would be a better idea.

Anonymous said...

The homeowner is a friend of mine - he said that the guy started retreating to the street, and that he wasn't about to shoot a man in the back, or where it looks like the threat was dead. He also said that he didn't have all the facts, and at that point - he never saw a weapon.

Anonymous said...

Someone didn't follow the instruction on how to tie-dye at vacation bible school.

Anonymous said...

Wow, the Rez is a lost cause. Better get out, now while you can!

Anonymous said...

Playing Pokemon Go. Somebody has put a lure in or around your house? Look at his phone. Not worth going to jail for shooting this kid. Special Forces motto: Think first. Shoot later. Or go to jail. Love the keyboard commandos who want to shoot black kids in polka dot shirts. You're real studs. And idiots. If a CCW license had an IQ test, you'd be disarmed. The homeowner did the right thing.

Anonymous said...

If this has happened twice to the same homeowner recently (or did I mis-read?) does someone believe he keeps money and/or valuables at home?

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the homeowner for not committing murder. This guy isn't worth going to prison for, no one is.

What he needs to think harder about, is whether objects in a garage are worth dying for. Leaving the safety of your home to confront someone outside is STUPID.

Remember what happened to the bass tournament fisherman who left his Jackson hotel room to confront the thief who was stealing things from his boat? Yeah. The thief immediately shot and killed him when confronted. Left his wife a widow and his kids with no father. Having a gun doesn't shield you from return fire! And there were known to be at least 2 thieves involved in this burglary attempt... what if there'd turned out to be several others standing in the shadows? He'd have been a GONER. Never ASSume!

Stay behind your locked door and quietly call the police for a pickup. Now, if they break in a window or door... be ready.

Glad this didn't turn out to be a huge tragedy like what happened to the bass fisherman. That was incredibly sad. And unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

Let's point out that the kid RANG the DOORBELL. Yeah, Super Ninjas, a burglar could ring a doorbell but they usually don't at 1 AM. Could be drunk, could be bad, but you have no justification for shooting an unarmed kid in your driveway or on your porch. Dude left a locked home to go outside with a gun. Stupid. If he is a perp, let the cops work. Can't shoot him over nothing. Cops arriving would see YOU standing there with a gun and no ID/uniform. Dead homeowner.

Anonymous said...

8:40, how do you know the guy rang the doorbell? The post just said the guy was snooping around, tried to open the door and find a way in. He's got a very young daughter that was sleeping in the house. He tried to stop the guy while he was still trying to get in the house and confronted him with the glock. Personally, if someone's trying to get into my house and my daughter is in the house, I'm not waiting for them to get in. I think his actions were spot-on, including not shooting the guy.

Ring-A-Ding-Dong... said...

I know he rang the bell because I can read.

"The homeowners were awakened when the unidentified individual was ringing the doorbell."

Of course your next question could be, "How do you know the bell didn't malfunction and just start ringing on its own?"

Anonymous said...

My fault, I didn't see the update...

Anonymous said...

@ July 21, 2016 at 4:01 PM

That's a good point.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 4:01 pm and 6:25pm and 8:40 pm! It's about damn time those who are actually knowledgeable spoke up! The rest of you need to , at least, talk to someone who has been shot at by humans or had to shoot at humans! Please stop getting your information from TV, movies or some wannabe who never was in a military or law enforcement situation or self-defense situation where shots were fired!
Those who survived combat without disabling PTSD can spot you wannabe assholes in the first words written or spoken. Combat veterans also have learned to spot the sociopaths among us who enjoy killing and relish the idea and live for the chance to have a license to kill!

Anonymous said...

I was in the military. I was in law enforcement. That does not mean I am going to let some thief take what I have worked for. People have the right to protect their property.
I risked my life protecting this country. Do you think I will not do the same to protect my property from some thief who would rather steal than work?

Dave's not here said...

My Dogs would have taken the cellphone and the shirt he had on,

Anonymous said...

10:21, thank you for your service. It is certainly your right to jeopardize your life in order to protect... stuff.

But if you have a family that depends on you.... please think hard about what's at stake before you initiate a confrontation that could have been avoided.

I bet the kids of that bass fisherman would gladly give the thief every fishing pole he wanted --if they could just have their daddy back.

Those of us who go armed should carefully consider where to draw the line, and how best to react in different scenarios. One poor split second choice can leave you in a wheelchair... or a nursing home... or in prison. Or in a casket.

Stay safe out there.

Anonymous said...

2:11, maybe you should open a road side stand to give your belongings away. That will be even safer. You can put an ad in the paper so all of the low life thugs can come pick up your stuff.
I will not be doing that myself. What I have I bought with money I received from working. It might not be much but it is mine. I plan on keeping it. If a person values their life as much as I value my belongings it would be a good idea to look for those people with a road side stand. I do not value the life of some punk that would rather steal than work. We need to remove them from the breeding pool as soon as possible. The world does not need another thief.

Anonymous said...

I've had my belongings stolen. I've had my home burglarized. I didn't ask for it and I certainly didn't deserve it and I know, I know very well, the fury and the sense of violation of losing something to some thug that I worked hard for. I'm not putting value on the life of a thief.

But I do place value on mine.

The one thing you and I disagree on, is that you're willing to launch a life changing confrontation to protect stuff.

I will try to avoid that kind of confrontation unless necessary to protect myself or my loved ones. There's no thug, no used lawnmower, worth dying for.

That's my choice, and you've made yours.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Richard Prior to me.

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