A Meadow resident helped deputies capture a burglar Friday morning.
Dennis Carroll Parker said he saw a person at his barn in the 5900 block of Highway 50 South and went to confront the individual. The suspect, however, was armed with a weapon and pointed the firearm at Parker.
Parker challenged the suspect who then fled in a wooded area, dropping the gun along the way. The gun turned out to be a BB gun but according to Parker looked real. While Parker was keeping an eye on the suspect and attempting to prevent him from returning to his car, his wife flagged down a passing sheriff’s deputy.
The suspect, Calvin Matthew Rudd, 29, of N. Wall Street, Benson was taken into custody by several deputies who responded to the scene.
Rudd was also linked to a break-in Nov. 27th in the 4900 block of Benson-Hardee Road, according to Tammy Amaon, Public Information officer, with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
Parker said Rudd emerged from the wooded area several times but each time he fled into the cover of the trees. Parker said at one point Rudd pleaded with him not to call authorities. Photos by John Payne