By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Two masked men, wearing all black, kicked in a door at a residence while a father and daughter escaped to safety.
A week ago, Picayune police officers were dispatched to a residence on Farrell Street in reference to a residential burglary, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.
When officers arrived on the scene, the complainant said “he and his daughter were in the home when he heard a knock at the back door,” Magri said.
“He looked out the window and noticed two males dressed in all black, wearing masks,” he said. The complainant called out for his daughter and ran towards the other end of the residence.
While getting his daughter’s attention, “the back door was kicked in and the suspects made entry into the residence calling out, ‘Come here,’” Magri said.
“The complainant stated he feared for their lives as he noticed one of the suspects reach into his pants’ pocket as if he had a gun,” Magri said.
The father and daughter were able to flee the residence and call the police, said Magri. A search of the residence revealed that the back door had “what appeared to be, fresh damage,” he said.
Magri said detectives were called to the scene to investigate, and the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office arrived with a K-9 unit in an attempt to track down the suspects.
Following an investigation, officers arrested Shawn M. Stockstill, 21, of 2108 Sheppard Blvd., and Taylor W. Light, 20, of 1701 U.S. Highway 11 North, in connection with the residential burglary.
Magri said Stockstill was charged with residential burglary and a misdemeanor probation violation. Stockstill is in custody at the Picayune Jail with a $20, 401.75 bond.
Light was charged with residential burglary, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and of bonded whiskey, Magri said. Light was released on Oct. 4 on a bond of $51,500.