Law enforcement in Newton County found a nude male sitting on a sofa in the living room of a Western Grove residence, after a woman locked in the attic with her 2-year-old child called 911 to report the intruder.
According to the probable cause affidavit released Wednesday, following his arrest, 29-year-old James C. Horton of St. Joe is facing felony charges of residential burglary and possession of a firearm by certain persons, meaning he has been convicted of a felony-level offense.
The woman told officers she was taking a nap with the 2-year-old on the afternoon of Dec. 10 when she heard her dogs barking near the back door of the residence.
When she started walking toward the back of the house, she observed Horton standing in her bathroom.
She said he placed his finger over his mouth and went “shush,” before advancing towards her.
She said she keeps a 9mm handgun in the bathroom and was afraid Horton was armed with the weapon. Officers would later find the unchambered gun in the kitchen, with a loaded magazine.
The woman said she ran back to the living room, grabbed her child and went to the attic where she locked herself in.
When Horton was taken into custody, officers yelled for the woman to exit the attic. The “extremely upset” woman identified the intruder as Horton, saying she knew him from Searcy County.
She said Horton was wearing only jeans when she saw him in the bathroom.
Horton’s criminal history indicates multiple felony convictions, including one in 2016 of battery, killing of an animal used by law enforcement in 2017, residential burglary in 2018, possession of firearms by certain persons, aggravated assault and terroristic threatening in 2019 and another of possession of firearms by certain persons in 2020.