Homeowner Fires Shots at Burglar, Police Say

Have you seen this man? Gulfport Police need your help.

Gulfport Police responded to a home in the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club around 12 p.m. on Friday in reference to a burglary and shots fired.

A homeowner stated his 11-year-old daughter was home that morning when a man broke a back window to try and get in. The surveillance video showed the man knocking at the front door before walking to the back of the house.

The girl called her father who worked only a few miles away. The man came home, armed himself and then saw the suspect running from his house. The man got in a vehicle and followed the suspect to the golf course and drove onto the golf course when the suspect ran onto the course.

That's when, officials say, the suspect turned and pointed a gun at the man. The homeowner fired several shots at the suspect who, in turn, ran from the golf course. Officials do not believe the suspect was hit.

Gulfport Police are looking for the suspect who is described as wearing

  • black shorts
  • black and white Puma shoes
  • a black polo with a grey long sleeve shirt underneath
  • black hat
  • black sun glasses
  • wearing a necklace
  • black watch

Police have not released height, weight or the race of the suspect. However, they have released video surveillance.

Officials learned after responding to this burglary that three other homes were burglarized in the same area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gulfport Police Department at (727) 893-1030. Please ask to speak to the on-duty supervisor if you call during the weekend.

Rob Fowler November 17, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Scary in the second video clip you see the guy fiddling with the gun in his front left pants when he is knocing on the back door (it appears). Was he about to pull the gun and enter if someone answered? Yikes. Thank God the 11 year old girl did not answer. Best of luck to GPD in catching this dangerous criminal.
Philip Penrose November 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Once again I would like to make it clear that Phil and Philip Penrose are not the same poster. ;)
Linda Craig November 18, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Are those tattoos on his arms?
Cherlene Willis November 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Linda, No sure. But, it's a good question. I'll check with GPD on Monday.
Leonardo November 18, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It looks like he is wearing a UPS hat. Although the description states he is wearing a black hat.
Dharma November 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
this was taken at midnight? its really light and its not overhead lightening???
Lynda November 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Must have been very frightening for the child. I hope she has an opportunity for victim counseling. I am troubled that the article doesn't mention any call to 911. Where is the police presence in this chase? While coming home from work, arming oneself, getting into a car and chasing an armed intruder over a golf course is proactive defense of one's home, I would think help from professionals might have been useful in catching the man. I do hope the video offers sufficient clues to lead to an arrest soon.
Rob Fowler November 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM
In looking at the video, it looks like the hat has UA on it. I looked at "UA caps" on Google Images and did not see one that looked just like that one.
Rob Fowler November 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM
The time was close to noon, so in full daylight.
Rob Fowler November 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I wonder if the "Stand your ground" law applies when chasing a crook.
Cherlene Willis November 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Special thanks to Rob Fowler for taking screen shots from the video and uploading them into our "Gulfport Pics & Clips" gallery! Talk about community policing going viral! Also, HUGE thanks to Pinellas Beaches Editor Leigh Armstrong for helping me upload the surveillance video provided by the homeowner and Gulfport Police Department. Again, anyone with information is asked to contact the GPD at (727) 893-1030.
Cherlene Willis November 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Again, take a look everyone. Two videos from two difference angles have been added to this article.
Bill Church November 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Probably not but it should given the absence of police in a gated community - which brings up the question? How did they get in and shouldn't the gate have the plate # and vehicle make - unless security is in on it!!!
Bill Church November 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Cherlene - per my comment to Rob just now - isn't Pasedena a gated community? So what is the news on their log - plate # - vehicle description - # of persons - reason for visit - or like I said to Rob is security involved? Bill Church
Bill Church November 19, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I like the security camera - I have ADT - which is good but the camera is a good tool as well - wonder how much? Leased or owned? Or part of a security system - will have to check with ADT - hope it is not too expensive. Doubt anyone would want to break into my funky little house but you never know - what an indictment on our society of today - I can remember when my parents never locked their door - my sister still doesn't in her small town in VA!!!
CJ November 20, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I've finally got that straight, but I remain dazed and confused.
CJ November 20, 2012 at 03:19 AM
This story is a good example of why you should spend the extra bucks for a handgun with high quality Crimson Trace laser sights. Being a good shot is not as much a factor, but if you are...then aiming is reduced to simply putting the red dot on the person and firing. Your chances of hitting your target and doing it faster greatly multiply. Besides, if he was willing to drive onto a golf course and chase him, he should have just ran him over and saved ammo.
CJ November 20, 2012 at 03:28 AM
12 pm is ''noon''...12 am is ''midnight''. The article says it was 12 pm, so you are correct...it's daylight from the sun and the lighting is not from light bulbs, etc..
CJ November 20, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Didn't the article say the criminal ran away by foot onto a golf course? Then, the owner of the home drove his vehicle onto the golf course to chase the running man...and then the gun battle started right there on the golf course? According to the article, there were no plates, etc to see of the criminal...because he was on foot. Maybe running to his car, though...or back to his own house. It could have been a neighbor that lived nearby. I think statistics say that there is a very good chance a thief knows his victims. It could even be somebody who works on the golf course. At 12 noon on just about any given day around here on virtually ''any'' golf course...there should have also been golfers around. By the photos, the sun was shining...so there would defintiely be golfers on the course.
CJ November 20, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I think this home owner is lucky he did not end up getting killed himself and he is also lucky he did not kill the robber off of his property. I think Zimmerman would agree with me.
CJ November 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Bill. No way is all of Pasedena ''gated''. Doesn't ''gated'' mean there is a controlled entrance that either has a guard shack or a gate that uses a security code to enter...plus the entire area surrounded by a high wall of fence? I don't think Pasedena is like that? Seems like my wife and I have driven around in Pasedena to look at homes when we were home shopping and I don't remember any area that was gated...but I am new here and don't know much about the area like most of you do.
Lynda November 20, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Hi, CJ. In the interest of sharing my local knowledge. Pasadena Yacht and Country Club is actually located in Gulfport. It is a gated community with on-duty security. Visitors should have their car license noted by an officer as they enter through the gate. I imagine there are ways to evade security, however, since it does include a golf course. Apparently homeowners in PYCC also have their own security systems to supplement the community-provided gate. Fortunate in this case that the quality of the video is so good. This is a sad crime to read about for many reasons, the child involved, the gun shots on the golf course and the false sense of safety one can have by depending on security and gates. Very troubling to have violent crime so close. Hope we all get more info in time.
CJ November 20, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Thanks for the interesting info, Lynda. I googled the area and see what you are talking about. I was surprised to see that it is actually in Gulfport. With it's name containing the word ''Pasadena'' in it, it does not sound like it would be in Gulfport. I also did the google ''street search'' and went up the road a little from Gulfport Blvd and saw the guard station. So...it looks like the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club area are the homes that are directly on the Golf Course....and it is in the Gulfport Police area...not the Pasadena Police area. Thanks for clarifying that confusing point to me. I can now see that the Gulfport Police have their hands a little more full than I realized, especially since a lot of their crime probably stems from the South St Petersburg homes right down there next to Gulfport. My wife and I never drove around in that gated area. We did not want to live there because it is in Evac Zone 1, 2 and/or 3. After looking at the map closer, I now see that the city I was thinking of is not called ''Pasadena'', either...it is ''The City of South Pasadena'', and it is basically the area to the left and right of Pasadena Blvd before it crosses the Corey Causeway into St Pete's Beach. It also goes up to generally where both the Sweet Bay and Publix grocery stores are.
Rob Fowler November 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Lynda said, "Fortunate in this case that the quality of the video is so good." Well, actually the video quality is fair at best. It is very good there is a video, of course, but the resolution is poor and you cannot make out any real facial features. I figure thehomeowner has a decent video DVR system with very cheap cameras. Plus the cops provide 30 minute clips when it should be very easy to get just the incident on a short clip a minute or two long. I attended a seminar a few weeks ago where we looked at cameras and let me say that a good quality camera would have made a huge difference. But they cost a little more. I'd think in the PYCC if someone invests in a video security system they would pay the extra bucks for 1080 BlueRay HD quality video as opposed to fuzzy low resolution.
Rob Fowler November 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I wonder where the bullets ended up. On Gulfport Blvd as cars were driving by? In the walls of people's homes? Thank God not in some innocent kid's head.
Lynda November 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Rob, you are the expert on video! Thanks for the update on what to look for. I am still interested in an idea you had for cameras for Gulfport. Glad to read you are ready to implement. Thanks again.
Rob Fowler November 20, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Thanks Lynda! I may run an ad in the Gabber next week. I've been researching the best possible video surveillance solutions for our community a few months now. The idea is that the more of us with the same system, the better we and the GPD will benefit by knowing how to get the most out of it quickly and effectively. I'll support the systems and offer to help get needed clips for anyone who buys from 007 Computer for free. Ideally nobody will ever need to give a video clip to the police, but if the need does come up, it will be nice to do so. The main goal is to discourage crooks from committing a crime anywhere near our homes or businesses in the first place.
Bill Church November 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Deterents are the best way! A while back the antigun people wanted a list of all gunowners to be published for public consumption - no one knows why? But once someone explained to them that the criminals would love such a list since then they would know who to and not to burglerize they decided to drop the idea. As in Switzerland I think gun ownership and proficiency training should be mandatory. Check out their crime and murder rate. There is a deterent program!!!
Cherlene Willis November 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Hello everyone! I got a call back from the GPD about the suspect's description. The suspect is in his early 20's, about 6"1' tall with a slim, thin build. He's white and weighs about 170 to 190 lbs.
Juju Stevens November 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
One of the other things illustrated by the video is why are you putting in overhead camera ? It's not like a bald spot or ball cap is particularly identifiable. Put them so that they focus on the area where an average height human would be. Rob certainly knows more about this than I do, but that would seem to be common sense.


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