LaGrange officers catch suspected burglar in act

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 19, 2015

Suspect allegedly had gun on him

By Melanie Ruberti


LaGRANGE — One man remains behind bars after LaGrange police officers caught him trying to break into a home in the 400 block of Camelot Court on Wednesday morning.

Police said Javonte Daniel, 22, of LaGrange, was arrested after a brief foot chase through the woods behind the home.

According to Sgt. William Nelson, a neighbor called 911 after spotting a suspicious person loitering around the back of the home.

Officers said they heard glass breaking when they arrived as the suspect tried to enter the home.

When he spotted police, he immediately took off into the woods. Officers on the scene said they ordered the man to stop, but he kept running.

Nelson stated “reasonable force was used” to stop Daniel.

When officers searched the man, they found a gun on him, Nelson said.

Detective Ley Wynne said Daniel was taken to the Troup County Jail and charged with criminal intent of burglary, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, possession of tools during commission of a crime and obstruction.

Nelson said officers were interviewing him, but it was too early to determine if he is responsible for similar crimes in the area.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.