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

By  //  August 22, 2020

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 the scene. (BCSO Image)

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

according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, 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, who has not ben identified.

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.

A Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said 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 then seen running into a wooded area where he is then confronted by the armed homeowner.

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

Parsons was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on a $51,000 bond. He 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 Brevard County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct General Crimes Unit at 321-264-5210.