Florida

He broke into a house and stole knives. The homeowner got her gun, cops say.

Erick Russell Miller
Erick Russell Miller

In the early hours of Monday, residents of a home in Ocala, Florida, were awakened by noises coming from the living room.

According to a Facebook post from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner grabbed her gun and approached the suspect, later identified as Erick Russell Miller, and told him not to move.

The man then fled through the front door.

The victim told officers that kitchen knives were scattered throughout the home, and a stack of change was left on the front patio.

While deputies were interviewing the victims, neighbors came into contact with a "suspicious person" nearby. Deputies flagged down Miller, who had two knives from the house in his possession. He admitted that he broke into the home because "he thought people were chasing him," the report said.

When asked why there were coins on the patio, the 31-year-old Florida man said he removed the change from his pockets because of the noise it made.

Miller told officers that once he was inside, he "drank a bottle of water, gathered weapons to protect himself with and removed all the night lights from the power outlets in order to hide from 'the people who were chasing him.' "

Miller could not give deputies any names or descriptions of these people.

He was been charged with armed burglary of a dwelling. He was being held at the Marion County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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