Police responded to a reported home invasion at this house on Pinbrook Lane on Sunday morning. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -
When Tuscaloosa police got to the scene of a home invasion on Sunday morning, they found the homeowner holding the suspect at gunpoint.
Police responded a residence on Pinbrook Lane in the Oaks neighborhood around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday to investigate.
The homeowner told officers he and his wife were having breakfast on their back porch when a masked man holding a machete confronted them and said, "Take me to your valuables."
The suspect, identified by police as 21-year-old Daniel Pearman, was wearing dark clothes and had a mask covering his mouth and nose. He allegedly asked the residents, "Where the rubies at?"
Pearman was armed with a Gerber Bear Grylls machete with an orange handle and 13.5 inch blade, according to court documents.
The homeowner, a retired Marine in his 70s, got into a struggle with Pearman while his wife ran to a neighbor's house and called police.
The homeowner told officers he then attempted to get away from Pearman by running into the house. Pearman forced his way into the house before the homeowner could secure the door.
Once inside, Pearman continued to demand the homeowner's valuables, but left without taking anything.
The homeowner retrieved his handgun and chased down Pearman, holding him at gunpoint until police arrived.
No one was injured in the incident.
"Criminals aren't smart. They're only smart on TV shows. In
actuality, they are not," says Earl Tilford, President of the Oaks
Homeowner's Association. He believes his neighbor's military training
prepared him to handle the 21 year-old suspect, armed with a machete.
"He shouldn't have picked on a Vietnam veteran and retired Marine. I think he did a marvelous job," Tilford said.
Tuscaloosa Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Brent Blankley say going after a criminal can be dangerous.
"We encourage people to let them go and let us try to find them. In this situation, it worked out. But you're putting yourself at risk that you don't need to by actually going after somebody," Blankley said.
Tilford says until Sunday, only petty crimes and vandalism had been reported in the neighborhood. But this is a wakeup call.
"We've been lulled into a false sense of security here. I never locked my doors during the day. Now I will, and I think we, need to start taking some precautions," Tilford said.
Tuscaloosa Police were seen patrolling the area on Monday morning. Tilford added that the home owners association will have an upcoming meeting with police to discuss safety in the neighborhood.
Pearman was charged with two counts of first degree robbery and one
count of first degree burglary. He was transported to the Tuscaloosa
County Jail, where he is being held on pending bonds totaling $180,000.