Pharos-Tribune

Breaking news

January 18, 2013

Man found sleeping in family’s car

Father holds intruder at gunpoint while wife calls police

GALVESTON — A Galveston family was shocked Friday morning to find a man sleeping in the family’s car in their attached garage. One family member held the intruder at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 7:57 a.m. Friday that someone had entered a North Conwell Street residential garage and had been found sleeping in a car. Deputy Kevin Pruitt and town marshal’s officer Brad Craven arrested 22-year-old Jerrod C. Landis, Greentown, on a charge of criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor.

Brandon Jewell, whose wife, Jodie, called police, said he was awakened by family members Friday morning after a late night at work.

“I heard somebody running across the porch, and screaming going on, so I jump up, and just as I put my hand on the doorknob, I hear my wife screaming,” Brandon Jewell said.

Groggy, he took a gun and cautiously entered the garage, unsure of what he’d find. He yelled a few times for the intruder to leave, then, thinking he had scared the intruder off, he turned to enter the house again.

“I glance in the car, and there’s a brown Carhartt jacket in the passenger seat,” recalled Brandon.

The intruder was asleep in the family’s car.

Brandon rapped on the car door to wake the man, then ordered him out of the car and onto the ground while telling his wife to call the police.

“I just grabbed him by the shirt collar and told him repeatedly to get on the ground, and he didn’t get on the ground,” he said.

Police arrived a short time later and arrested the man.

Landis told police he had been drinking and did not remember anything from the previous night, according to Sheriff Randy Pryor. Law enforcement officers did not administer field tests to determine the man’s blood alcohol level.

Brandon Jewell called it a “scary situation” for his family, adding his  two elementary-age children “were pretty shook up.”

“They had probably 4 minutes until they were late for school, and we still got them to school on time, I don’t know how,” he added. “They’ve probably had a heck of a day telling their story.”

Landis was out of jail Friday on $255 cash bail. Pryor expected him to appear in court Tuesday.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Breaking news
  • NWS-PT073014 Hickman.jpg Two arrested in purse-, wallet-snatching spree

    MONTICELLO — Two were arrested late last week in relation to a string of purse and wallet thefts from shopping carts in local department stores. Lindsey R. Hogg, 22, Monticello, and Rachel D. Hickman, 23, Burnettsville, were arrested by the Lafayette

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pool sets Sunday at closing date

    The season will close at Tower Park Municipal Pool on Sunday, according to the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department. Final season activities will begin on Friday, including "Floatie Friday." Pool-goers are invited

    July 29, 2014

  • Police investigate possible stabbing

    A woman called 911 late Monday to report she had been stabbed in her Brookston home.

    July 29, 2014

  • Winamac woman dies in crash with county truck A Winamac woman is dead after failing to stop at an intersection and being struck by a Pulaski County Highway Department dump truck. Just before noon on Monday, Dollie Frinkle, 71, Winamac, was driving a 1996 Buick Park Avenue westbound on 100 South

    July 29, 2014

  • Cass Co. deputies assist in high-speed pursuit

    An Illinois man driving at speeds of 120 mph led officers from three counties on a high-speed chase Sunday before crashing into a utility pole.

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS-PT072714 - manhunt pickup - MLK Escapee apprehended in Carroll County w/VIDEO

    The inmate who escaped from the Logansport State Hospital Thursday night was apprehended in Carroll County late Friday morning. Carroll County Sheriff's Department Major Tobe Leazenby said Christopher J. Robbins, 23, Medaryville, was appreh

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Robbins Christopher.jpg UPDATE: State Hospital escapee identified

    Police are seeking an escaped inmate of Logansport State Hospital with a history of residential entry and battery.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Complaint ends teacher prayer in Indiana district TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A western Indiana school district is telling teachers and other employees they can't lead prayers during school-sponsored events. The decision by the Vigo County School Corp. in Terre Haute follows a complaint made to the Freedom f

    July 23, 2014

  • Woman's body found after Elkhart fire reported MIDDLEBURY (AP) — Police in northern Indiana say a 69-year-old woman was found dead inside her home after a fire was reported there. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says officers responding to the fire call about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday found L

    July 23, 2014

  • NWS - KT072214 - Ryan Ledbetter mugshot - CLG [Duplicate] Bunker Hill councilman arrested for firing gun BUNKER HILL – A member of the Bunker Hill Town Council was arrested Saturday after police say he broke a no-contact order with his children’s mother and fired a gun inside a trailer park near Peru. Indiana State Police responded to the Woodland Hill

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell cold beer?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.