Marco DeJesus allegedly attempted a home-invasion burglary in mid-afternoon Thursday in Palm Coast. He did not figure on the homeowner–a young mother–pulling a gun on him, chasing him off and getting pictures of his vehicle and tag. Not 100 minutes later, he was stopped and arrested in Daytona Beach.
Just before 3 p.m. Thursday there was a knock at the Seward Trail house in Palm Coast. Sarah Ross’s two young children were in the living room, playing video games. They told their mother of the knock. She looked through the peephole. The man standing there was a stranger, and he was acting “sketchy,” she would later tell deputies. She told her children to go to her bedroom and lock the door.
Ross also noticed a red or maroon SUV van backed into the driveway, which she thought was extremely odd. The man then walked around the house to the back. She hid in the hallway, but could still see the man looking into a window, surveying her house.
Before long, the man, who was armed with a crowbar, had pried his way through a rear sliding-glass door and walked into the house.
But by then Ross had armed herself with a semi-automatic gun she keeps in the house. She came up behind him, pointed the gun at him and ordered him out of the house.
The man, likely startled, said nothing. He ran out the back door, back into the SUV and fled. But Ross didn’t stop there: she was able to take pictures of the fleeing suspect, obtaining a tag number and a description of the vehicle—a 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS SUV.
The call to 911 came at 2:57 p.m. as Ross described the suspect as a white male wearing red and black gloves, baggy pants, short brown hair. The tag number and the image were plenty of information for the cops to pick up the case from there and start the chase of a vehicle that returned an owner registered in Lakeland, west of Orlando, though police weren’t sure if the tag matched the vehicle ownership.
The vehicle was spotted heading south. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies followed it at a distance (the details of the chase have been censored from a 911 dispatch report, to protect, the sheriff’s office says, investigative methods), eventually involving units of the Daytona Beach Police Department, Holly Hill Police Department and Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies, including a K-9 unit.
At 4:36 p.m., just about 100 minutes after the break-in on Seward Trail, the cops had two individuals in custody. They were stopped eastbound on George Engram Boulevard near Martin Luther King Boulevard, about a block north from the campus of Bethune-Cookman University.
Only one of the suspects has been identified so far: Marco DeJesus, 32, who was last arrested in Volusia on more than a dozen charges, all of them related to theft and dealing in stolen property. He was booked on $25,500 bond on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and criminal mischief.