Thursday, September 9, 2010
Homeowner faces off with escapee
By SUE WATSON
Lisa Liddy had just gotten home from a shopping trip in her husband’s truck and left the door open, unlocked the back door to her house on Gholson Avenue and put her purse and keys on the kitchen table.
She went back out to unload the truck when she was surprised by Latrell Wilson, a 20-year-old who had just escaped from the courtroom at the Marshall County Courthouse with deputies in pursuit.
“I did chase that guy out of my back yard that afternoon (August 31),” Liddy said. “I confronted him and asked what he thought he was doing. I thought he was trying to come through the carport to steal something. He said he was just cutting through. I told him he was trespassing on private property and that I was calling the police.”
Liddy had her cell phone in her pocket.
Wilson took off running and jumped the fence between her house and Gene Brown’s house. When he saw there was more fencing between him and the street, Wilson jumped back across the fence and ran out Liddy’s driveway into Chulahoma with her in hot pursuit.
“I was running behind him yelling for him to stop,” she said. “I guess I was trying to pull a Barney Fife and make a citizen’s arrest.”
A sheriff’s deputy driving along Chulahoma turned on his blue lights and began chasing Wilson who was running in the direction of Elder Street, she said.
“He ran into Mrs. Pegues’ yard and was headed in the direction of Elder Street and that was the last I saw of him,” Liddy said.
Liddy called the sheriff’s department to see if Wilson had been caught when she learned he had escaped and was on the lam.
“They told me to go inside and lock my doors because he might be dangerous,” she said. “So I went in and did not come back out.
“Am I living an exciting life or what?” she quipped.
“I realize I am really blessed. He could have easily kidnapped me or forced his way into my home.”
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