Como St. homeowner leaves burglary suspect with bloody nose, mouth

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 2, 2007 - A Como Street homeowner caught a 19-year-old Sulphur Springs man  trying to pry open his door this morning and confronted him.

For his efforts, the teen earned a bloody nose and mouth and a one-way trip to jail.

´┐ŻOfficer Jason Ames responded when police were alerted just after 4 a.m. of a burglary in progress in the 100 block of South Como Street. Before the officer could get there, dispatchers radioed they had received subsequent information indicating the suspect was on the north side of the residence, arguing with the homeowner.

As he pulled up, Ames was met by the homeowner, who pointed to a young man stretched out on the ground in the neighbor’s front yard. As the officer got out of his patrol vehicle, the suspect attempted to stand up and leave the scene.

Ames restrained the suspect and put him in handcuffs, noting the man’s nose and mouth were bleeding. At that point the man was identified as 19-year-old Quintis L. Weatherall of Sulphur Springs. Ames requested an ambulance be sent to the scene to treat Weatherall, but the man refused treatment. Ames then advised Weatherall he was under arrest.

The Como Street homeowner claimed the suspect had burglarized the residence in the past, and upon learning his intention to strike again, he waited outside the residence all night to try catch Weatherall.

At about 4 a.m., the homeowner saw Weatherall walk into the carport and approach the north door. He told police he then saw Weatherall using what was later identified as an 18-inch tire tool to pry on the door. The homeowner approach Weatherall, calling out to him, “I got you now.”

In response, Weatherall threw the tire tool down, and the pair became involved in a physical confrontation in the front yard. The confrontation continued to the neighbor’s yard, and resulted in Weatherall being injured, according to offense reports.

Weatherall was placed under arrest for attempted burglary of a habitation, a third-degree felony offense. Reports state he is also wanted for bond forfeiture on a delivery or manufacture of a substance with the intent to simulate a controlled substance, and on Hunt County warrants related to drunk driving, reckless driving, no driver’s license, failure to appear and driving without a seat belt charges.

Officer Chris Rosamond assisted in the arrest.

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