One man stirred up a lot of excitement Monday in North Richland Hills, according to reports.
Jeffrey Long, 22, of Fort Worth is facing charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following a series of encounters with people in a NRH neighborhood.
Lauren Zakalik at WFAA Channel 8 reported that Anthony Munoz, who lives in the 7100 block of Shauna Drive “caught the suspect prying off his window air conditioning unit with a crowbar, attempting to break in.”
Munoz told WFAA that the man pulled a gun on him and his little boy and got away with cash and a cell phone.
Later, and a few doors down, another neighbor was startled when the man came crashing through his ceiling. He apparently had been hiding in the attic, possibly for hours.
The man fled, but with half-a-dozen neighbors chasing him down the street.
The neighbors said the man jumped into a woman’s car, but they cornered him until police arrived.
Carolyn Doty White described the incident on her Face Book page. She said she was in the car with her 14-year-old grandson when the man climbed inside and urged her to drive away.
"Police cars came from all over, guns were drawn and screaming started," she wrote. "Now I am standing in a yard, in my house dress, barefooted. Did I mention it was pouring rain?"
But there was more than one solid citizen that day in North Richland Hills.
White added that a plumber pulled over and offered cover. His company, All Needz Plumbing in Fort Worth, said Eddie Blanchard was the man who helped White that day.
She said the plumber "stood in the rain so I could sit in the front seat of this work van. He stayed until the police ... took me away to get a statment.
"He did not have to. I appreciate him so much."
Follow this link to read Lauren Zakalik’s report and to see the video.
-- Bill Miller