Rehobeth home invaders come face-to-face with homeowner with gun

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Less than a week after a Rehobeth man’s home was burglarized, its believed the same suspects tried again; this time they weren’t as successful.

Josh Grimes was inside his home on Battles Road Wednesday morning when his worst fears were realized: the same suspects that had broken into his home nearly a week before had come back.

“(They) rang on the doorbell to see if I was home,” Grimes told News 18. “I didn’t know who they were, so I didn’t answer the door. I went into my closet which has got a window that faces the road and basically took a second and got a good description of them.”

Two hours later, the real trouble began.

“I was woke up to somebody trying to bust the window out in the back of the house,” Grimes said.

Grimes called 911, grabbed a nearby firearm, walked to the backdoor and met the intruders face-to-face.

“I opened the back door and confronted them trying to break in the house,” Grimes said. “They panicked and I fired a few warning shots to clear the area.”

The suspects ran, cleared Grimes’ backyard fence and fled to their car that was parked down the road. Police were able to catch them moments later.

“It didn’t try to speed away,” said Houston County Sheriff’s Office Captain Donovan Arias. “It took a little while for it to stop, it did stop but then everyone complied from that point.”

Javon Antonio James, Christopher Lamar Watford, and Stanley Jerard Blythers were all taken into custody by Houston County deputies.

At last report, Watford and Stanley remain behind bars at the Houston County Jail with no bonds.

James was released late Wednesday afternoon on a $15,000.

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