Gaylesville Man Jailed in DeKalb County Following Robbery Gone Wrong

Ider police arrested a Cherokee County man they say attempted to break into a home and was held at gunpoint by the owner until officers arrived.

Ider Police Chief Stephen Malone stated that the incident happened on Saturday, at a home in the area of County Road 732.

A man told police he discovered someone entering a house on his property, who then went under the house for a short time to hide after hearing the owner’s approach.

Then after waiting, the would-be burglar fled into a nearby wooded area.

Chief Malone said that the owner then attempted to call police, when he encountered the burglar approaching from the woods, now armed with a knife, and during the call to police, you could hear both the victim and suspect yelling at one another, with the victim pleading for the suspect to drop the knife.  According to the homeowner, the man went to the ground and acted as though he would give up, but then attempted to stand to his feet and brandished the knife again.

According to Malone. the homeowner then drew out a gun, and told the man that he’d shoot him if he didn’t drop the knife.   Police arrived soon thereafter.

John Mitchell, age 38 of Gaylesville – was taken into custody and charged with second degree burglary, menacing, first degree trespassing – and also third degree criminal mischief

He is being held on $20,000 bond in the DeKalb County Jail.

Henagar and Sylvania Police, and the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene for assistance.


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