Amerson said this evening that deputies had not charged the suspects, as investigators were still collecting evidence and conducting interviews.
“We’re still trying to unravel the events,” the sheriff said.
But he added his office intends to pursue attempted burglary charges, and he feels confident they will have enough evidence to do so.
According to Amerson, the suspects rang the doorbell of the officer’s Alexandria home, and when no one answered, they walked to the back of the house and tried to force their way in through a door. Amerson said that when the suspects saw that a woman and her children were in the home, they fled in a green SUV.
Sheriff deputies and the Anniston Police Department searched the area, and an Anniston police cruiser pulled the SUV over. Amerson said one suspect jumped out of the car and ran, evading police and deputies for more than an hour.
According to the sheriff, two residents in the Wellington community saw the suspect and detained him until police arrived.
“We really appreciate their help,” Amerson said.
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