UPDATE: Prowler flees Rankin County neighborhood after being held at gunpoint by homeowner


There is new information about the “Rankin County prowler.”

The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received new information. Friday, July 22, 2016 from Madison Attorney Staci O’Neal.

The unidentified 19-year-old male contacted O’Neal because the two were introduced while she volunteered as a mentor at a local school.

According to the unidentified teenager, he was going to visit a friend in the neighborhood. He told O’Neal he has never visited this friend and incorrectly wrote down the address; also, he was dropped off by an Uber driver.

The teenager admits that he went to the house , and looking through the window.

He realized he was at the wrong house when the homeowner confronted him.

He also says that he left the residence upon the homeowner’s request.

The teenager’s name will not be released due to the lack of formal charges at this time.

According to Undersheriff Raymond Duke:

The sequences of events reported to law enforcement are consistent with the events as they were represented on video.

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.

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Rankin County authorities are searching for a man who was caught on surveillance video peeking through the window of a home.

Rankin County Undersheriff Raymond Duke said the man left the scene after he was held at gunpoint by a homeowner.

Officials said around 1:20 a.m. Thursday, a man was lurking around a home in the Avalon subdivision. Duke said the residents woke up after some started ringing their doorbell.

Duke said the man was seen looking 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. The surveillance video showed the person looking into windows and attempting to make entry into a garage.

Deputies said the homeowner went outside armed with a handgun and asked the man to leave. Deputies said the prowler sat on the street curb until he was picked up by a Jeep Wrangler with a white soft top.

The suspect could be facing misdemeanor charges.

Anyone who could help authorities identify the person in the surveillance photos, contact police.


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