Homeowner helps deputies nab men trying to break into her home

Johnny Wolfe Jr. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Johnny Wolfe Jr. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Jonathan Patrick Dallin (Photo source: WLOX News)
Jonathan Patrick Dallin (Photo source: WLOX News)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Lynda Dahl was inside her Jackson County home when she noticed two men walking around her garage. Then she said they walked over to her house and started peaking inside the window.

"I was just really scared," Dahl said. "I was hiding so they wouldn't see me. I had 911 on one phone and my husband on another phone and was talking to both of them just waiting for the sheriff to get there."

Before deputies got there, Dahl decided to run out from her hiding spot to snap a few pictures of the men.

"I decided I would take a picture, just in case he was possibly the guy who broke into our house the day before," Dahl said.

"This was very intelligent on her part, very quick thinking and very helpful to the sheriff's department," Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt said. "Break the camera out, take the pictures of them in the act and get them to us."

Britt said with those pictures, deputies knew exactly who they were looking for and spotted them nearby.

"We had a short foot chase, and we apprehended one in the area," Britt said.

A few hours later, about a mile and a half away, a woman working in the yard was startled.

"I turned back around and this guy was right there," Karla Meadows said. "Just right behind me and I shouted and screamed, and I think I scared him as much as he scared me."

Meadows had no idea deputies were searching for this man.

"He just said, 'I have been running through the woods. My wave runner broke down and I can't find my way out. Where is the interstate?' and I told him," Meadows said.

She said the man took off into the woods.

"He had shorts on and was all scratched up," Meadows said. "I just had an uneasy feeling, but he took off through the woods. He didn't go through the highway which kind of concerned me."

Meadows said she went inside and a neighbor called her and told her deputies were searching for a suspect who was caught trying to break into someone's home.

"I heard three shots fired, and that's when I grabbed Sophia (her daughter) and we hit the floor," Meadows said. "I got a shot gun and grabbed the phone and called 911."

Deputies were able to arrest the man in the woods, but said they had to fire shots to get Meadows' dogs out of the woods so they could get to the suspect.

Britt said the man in the woods was wearing the same clothes as the picture Dahl took, and that is how they knew they had the right man.

"They are never going to stay there and wait for us, so if we have got those identifiers to identify them out away from the scene, it helps us a great deal," Britt said.

Jonathan Patrick Dallin and Johnny Wolfe Jr. are charged with attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling. As the investigation continues though, more charges could be filed.

"If you see someone suspicious and you have a chance to take a picture, take one," Dahl said. "It may help other people get them off the street."

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