A stick-wielding intruder entered a home in Gainesville, Georgia, on Thursday morning and threatened the homeowner and a child, authorities told the Gainesville Times, adding that the homeowner grabbed a gun and told the intruder he'd shoot if he didn't get out.
The intruder left the house but wouldn't leave the yard — so the homeowner fired a shot into the ground, after which the intruder ran into the woods, authorities added to the paper.
What are the details?
The homeowner and his 12-year-old stepdaughter were getting ready for school around 7 a.m. in their Joe Chandler Road home, Hall County sheriff’s office spokeswoman B.J. Williams told the paper.
Miguel Villapando-Gomez, who's believed to be homeless, hit the glass storm door of the residence with a 6-foot tree branch, Williams noted to the Times.
“The suspect opened the storm door and entered the house, closed the main door behind him and locked it,” Williams added to the paper. “He then told both occupants to get on the ground.”
With that, the homeowner grabbed a gun from his bedroom and ordered the 48-year-old intruder out of the house, the Times said.
But Villapando-Gomez continued waving the stick around and refused to leave, Williams explained to the paper — that is, util the homeowner threatened to shoot.
The intruder got out, but Williams told the Times he then refused to leave the yard.
“The homeowner says he stepped into the doorway of the home and fired a shot into the ground,” Williams added to the paper, which convinced the suspect the best course of action was to run into the woods.
What happened next?
The homeowner called 911, the Times said, and shortly afterward deputies found Villapando-Gomez hiding under a truck in an area near the home.
The suspect was charged with felony home invasion, two counts of simple assault, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug-related objects, the paper said, adding that no attorney information was available Friday.
Villapando-Gomez was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remained Friday without bond on the home invasion charge, the Times reported.
Williams added to the paper that no one was hurt, but the homeowner and his stepdaughter were “shaken up.”
This story has been updated to reflect that the incident took place in Gainesville, Georgia, not Gainesville, Florida.