Resident with shotgun meets burglary suspect with knife

Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 7:32 p.m.

A resident armed with a shotgun met a suspected intruder armed with a knife-like tool at the resident’s back door Wednesday morning.

Minutes after that encounter, the suspected intruder was under arrest on a charge of armed burglary and was on his way to jail.

Rodney Lamont Jenkins, 30, who is homeless, was arrested and charged with armed burglary following the incident in the 200 block of Southeast Sixth Street.

The resident told police his dog started barking around 11:40 a.m. When the man went to investigate the reason for the barking, he said he spotted Jenkins in his carport picking up the tool and putting it in his back pocket. Next, the victim said, Jenkins opened a gate, walked into a fenced side yard, crossed a porch and turned the door handle to the home’s back door.

The victim said he opened the door with his shotgun in his hand and that Jenkins told him he was looking for yard work.

The victim said he told Jenkins he did not have anything for him to do and to leave the property after putting the tool back in the carport.

Officer Paul Forsberg said Jenkins was spotted a few blocks away and provided a different version of events.

Jenkins told police he did pick up the tool and was carrying it when he got to the door but kept the blade turned toward himself to avoid alarming the resident. Jenkins also claimed he asked if he could have the tool to work on his bicycle, but that the resident turned down the request.

Jenkins has a state prison record that includes two prison terms since 2003. According to Florida Department of Corrections records, he has served time for organized fraud, trafficking in stolen property and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Jenkins was most recently released from prison in May 2008.

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