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Sheriff: Homeowner stands his ground against burglar

A suspect was arrested Friday night following a home invasion where the property owner stood his ground and forced the suspect to flee on foot.

According to the Covington County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a residence on Fisherman’s Road, near the Dozier community, after receiving a call from an elderly resident.

Timothy Jordan

Officials said the property owner was awakened when he heard the back door glass shatter and the door forced open. Sheriff Blake Turman said the 95-year-old victim armed himself and confronted the suspect in the kitchen.

The suspect, identified as Timothy Jordan, 40, had ransacked the kitchen and at some point hurled a chair through a dining room window. The victim continued to command Jordan to leave the home.

Jordan left the home on foot and was observed by responding deputies behind a home located on Hub Road. He ran inside that home and was pursued by deputies where he was taken into custody. It was later determined that Jordan had burglarized the Hub Road home.

According to Turman, investigators determined that Jordan had started his burglary spree at a gazebo located at an adjacent residence. He then traveled to the elderly victim’s residence where he allegedly forced his way into the home while the homeowner was napping in the living room.

Jordan was booked into the Covington County Jail for second degree burglary, third degree burglary, second degree criminal mischief and third degree criminal mischief. Jordan is currently being held without bond for a probation violation. The investigation is still ongoing.

“The victim protected himself and his property from a career criminal,” Turman said. “The victim was at a disadvantage physically, but his weapon enabled him to protect himself. The investigation revealed that Jordan fled the residence because the homeowner had armed himself. Thank God this had a good ending. The victim should be commended on his courage and quick thinking.”