Armed Citizen in Brevard County Detains New Jersey Man for Home Burglary Before Deputies Arrive

Justin Parsons, 29, from New Jersey arrested

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested 29-year-old Justin Parsons from New Jersey for Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling after the armed homeowner detained Parsons before authorities arrived on scene. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested 29-year-old Justin Parsons from New Jersey for Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling after an armed homeowner in Titusville detained Parsons before authorities arrived on scene.

The arrest occurred when deputies responded to a burglary in progress call at approximately 3:25 a.m. at a residence located on Windover Way, in Titusville.

When deputies located Parsons in the front yard of the residence, he was being detained at gunpoint by the homeowner.

The homeowner reported being awakened by a sound at his back patio door at which time the homeowner armed himself for protection and then proceeded outside to investigate what had caused the noise.

Once outside, the homeowner located Parsons who was attempting to hide in nearby bushes and then held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived on scene.

After review of home surveillance video, it was revealed that Parsons walked up the driveway, which was lined with “No Trespassing” signs, and proceeded to a screened in patio of the residence.

Parsons was recorded opening the patio door and walking to the residence backdoor where he attempted to gain entry.

Unable to open the locked door, Parsons then exited the patio and attempted to open the residence master bedroom window. Parsons is seen running into a wooded area where he is then confronted by the armed homeowner.

Deputy Tyler Patterson one of the Deputies at the scene conducted a post-arrest interview with Parsons who explained his actions as “walking around looking to get into trouble.”

Parsons was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was incarcerated on a $51,000 bond.

Parsons has been charged with one count of Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling, and Trespass on an Occupied Structure or Conveyance.

If anyone has any further information concerning this suspect or similar incidents, please contact the North Precinct General Crimes Unit at 321-264-5210.

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