Property owner detains burglary suspect at gunpoint


A report of a burglary in progress Wednesday morning resulted in the arrest of one person who was caught by the owner of the house and held at gunpoint until police arrived.

Martell Donaldson, 18, was taken into custody after police were sent to 405 S. Apple St., at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the owner of the house told police he was remodeling it, and when he went to check on the house, he found a door on the south side kicked in and two people inside.

Oswalt said in the affidavit that the second suspect ran away, but the owner detained Donaldson until police got there.

Pugh said a window air conditioner was removed from the window and was on the floor near the door when officers checked the house.

According to the affidavit, Donaldson said he and the other male were walking and the other person told him about a vacant house where they could steal an air conditioner to sell . Donaldson also allegedly said the other male was the one who kicked in the door and when the two men came out, they were confronted by the owner.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Donaldson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with burglary.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Donaldson.