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Crime Roundup for May 2, 2013

Window Smasher Strikes Again

     The Ranch House Restaurant on Alabama Street in East Columbus suffered significant damage after a serial vandal went on a window breaking spree late Tuesday night. An off-duty law enforcement officer called E-911 after he witnessed 29-year old Jonathan Joiner bust the window of a parked car in the Ranch House parking lot. The popular East Columbus eatery also suffered damage, losing at least four of their large picture windows to the vandal. The officer followed Joiner as he casually fled the scene on his bike, carrying a large chunk of concrete under his arm. Lowndes County Narcotic Agent Archie Williams was in the area and tracked the suspect down behind Pizza Hut on Airline Road and Columbus Police Officer Chris Smith assisted in taking Joiner into custody. Joiner, who has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, is suspected of breaking the windows of at least two vehicles as well as the damage at a the Ranch House. Readers may remember Joiner from Packet#1002 in September 2012 when he was arrested in connection with the breaking of at least 20 windows and doors around East Columbus, including Pizza Hut, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and Mexican Kitchen. There was no word on Joiner’s charges or bond as of press time Wednesday evening.

   Local Man Protects Neighbor’s Home, Holds Burglars at Bay

    A Lowndes County man is being praised by his neighbors after catching some burglars robbing a home and holding them at gunpoint until authorities arrived. H.L. Elmore, who has lived on his property on Highway 69 South for nearly 75 years, said he was on one of his tractors cutting his grass when he noticed some activity at a vacant home just down the road from his home.

   “I know the family that owned it, and I knew nobody was supposed to be there,” Elmore told The Packet. “I heard what sounded like someone beating on a piece of tin.”

   Elmore drove to the home and parked in the driveway, blocking a red Ford truck that was parked in front of the home. Elmore said the truck had a bunch of aluminum pans, scrap metal and two entire air-conditioning units in and around it. According to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Elmore went to the rear of the home and ordered the three men to lay on the ground and held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived. Demario Guyton, Joseph Rush and Quinton Hill were arrested and charged with burglary.

   A neighbor reached out to The Packet to make sure we mentioned how proud they were to have Mr. Elmore living in the neighborhood.

“He stood up to them,” the neighbor said. “He wouldn’t let anything happen to us. He’s a brave man.”


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