Avalon “prowler” is identified.
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted Friday around 7:00 P.M. by Madison Attorney, Staci O’Neal. O’Neal advised she was contacted by 19-year-old male she was introduced to while she mentored as a volunteer at a local school. The individual advised O’Neal he was the person on video in the Avalon subdivision being confronted by an armed homeowner.
The individuals name will not be released at this time due to the lack of formal charges in this case.
The sequences of events reported to law enforcement are consistent with the events as they were represented on video.
According to the individual, he was going to visit a friend who lives in the neighborhood. He advised he had never been to the friends residence, but was given the address and wrote it down incorrectly. He stated he was dropped off at the residence by an Uber driver.
When he was dropped off at the complainant’s residence he can be seen going to the door and attempted to make contact with his friend. He admits to looking in the window, stating he was still under the impression he was at the right residence.
It was not until the homeowner confronted him in the front yard that he realized he had made a mistake. He stated he left the residence upon the homeowner’s request, sat on a curb and called for a friend to pick him up. He advised they immediately left the area.
Investigators will be attempting to validate his story next week. O’Neal has cell phone conversations that tend to lend credibility to the individuals story.
We believe this is a case of carelessness and poor decision making, and may not be a case with criminal intent. O’Neal had also reached out to the homeowners through mutual friends to advise them she knew the identity of the individual.
Investigators will be working with the homeowner to determine if trespassing charges are warranted.
If the story is validated, we will be able to close the case and are pleased no one was injured. Had the homeowner not been a responsible gun owner and had the individual not been complainant, this story could have had a very tragic ending.