A Florida man was caught burglarizing a Juliette home, held at gunpoint and then jumped out a second-story window to flee before finally being captured on Thursday, Oct. 7, according to the Monroe County sheriff’s office.
Michael Scarbary of 85 E. Rivermist Court, Juliette, got a call from his neighbor around 1 p.m. on Thursday that a strange man was in his home. Scarbary happened to be nearby, returned home, found the man in his home and pointed his gun at him.
The suspect then went to a back window of the home, jumped out and ran.
Monroe County deputy John Cochran arrived shortly thereafter and Scarbary thought the man was still inside.
Cochran told Scarbary to cover the front door while he went around to the rear of the house. There, Cochran saw footprints in the mud made from the impact of the suspect jumping from the second story of the house.
While checking the home, they found the cell phone and jacket of Orinthius Kamasea Byrd, 22, of Ormond Beach, Fla., on the floor. Byrd also left behind a 2021 Toyota Camry parked at the top of the driveway.
While speaking with Scarbary, Cochran heard his next-door neighbor shouting at Byrd to get on the ground. Cochran ran over and the neighbor said he saw the suspect running into the woods north of the homes. Deputies continued searching the area and another resident reported they saw him running south on the railroad tracks.
Soon after, Byrd returned to the area and deputies saw him running across the road from the Scarbary home and Cpt. Jarred Duncan and deputy Jacob Robins took him into custody without incident. He was charged with burglary and obstruction.
“He was a strange Byrd,” said sheriff Brad Freeman, noting the man had been reported missing in Florida by his family. “Good for that alert neighbor who realized something wasn’t right.”