A trio of suspected burglars, including two with Ozark County ties, was reportedly held at gunpoint by a resident when they were caught at a remote Douglas County home on Halloween night.
The Ozark County Times reports 51-year-old Rhonda Johnson of Gainesville and 28-year-old Kayla Williams of Hartville and formerly of Theodosia were two of the three people reportedly caught burglarizing the home. The pair, along with a third suspect, 20-year-old Carter Cantrell of Marshfield, were arrested and have been charged in connection with the crime.
According to Douglas County Sheriff Chris DeGase, his office received a call around 6:40 pm on Oct. 31 from a man who was leasing a residence near U Highway and County Road 117, a rural area southeast of Mansfield. The caller reportedly told the dispatcher he had caught three people, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, inside his residence.
A Douglas County deputy reported finding Johnson, Williams and Cantrell sitting in the backyard of the home and the three eventually admitted to being inside the home. The deputy later found illegal drugs are paraphernalia and a pistol.
All three are facing several charges including second-degree burglary.