Hello, burglar; here's my gun

A burglary victim turned aggressor after his neighbor reportedly broke a kitchen window to access the ex-Marine's home.
Cary Ashby
Oct 1, 2012

A burglary victim turned aggressor after his neighbor reportedly broke a kitchen window to access the ex-Marine's home.

Two Erie County sheriff's deputies found the homeowner, Scott A. Stith, 45, holding the suspect at gunpoint when they responded to a burglary-in-progress at 118 Strecker Road, Milan. Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call about 12:40 a.m. Thursday.

"He was upstairs sleeping with his family and heard this loud bang," Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

Stith went downstairs to check on the noise, he said, and after he heard "the window being smashed," Stith retrieved his gun from his bedroom.

Sgts. Dennis Papineau and Daniel McGlothlin found Stith with a .45 caliber Springfield Armory Model 1911-A1 when they arrived at the would-be victim's home. The deputies said the homeowner "cleared his weapon, made it safe and secured it" after they found Stith standing inside the kitchen holding the handgun while the suspect, Jesse H. Murr, was lying face down on the floor inside the enclosed back porch and Stith's wife was in the kitchen.

Murr, 29, of 110 Strecker Road, Milan, is charged with burglary, which is punishable by two to eight years in prison. He must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Erie County Jail.

"He was standing in the kitchen when Mr. Stith confronted him," Sigsworth said. "Obviously, it's a very, very serious situation at the time."

Stith and his wife reported nothing appeared to be missing.

"He just broke into my back door," Stith told dispatchers during the 9-1-1 call.

"I've got glass all over the place. I got him down on the floor and I got a gun right on him," said Stith, who told Murr "don't you (expletive) move" at one point.

Sigsworth said Murr is accused of breaking a back window in the kitchen to enter the home.

"Jesse was difficult to speak with because he was crying and repeatedly apologizing to Scott and his wife for having entered their home," according to the deputy's report.

"Scott advised that the door was definitely locked when he and (his wife) Jodi went to bed and that Jesse would have to have reached in through the broken glass to unlock it and gain entry," McGlothlin wrote.

"Scott advised that Jesse was standing several steps inside the back door. Scott advised that Jesse turned to walk out of the house, at which time he ordered Jesse down to the floor. Jesse remained on the floor until I arrived and took him into custody," McGlothlin said in his report.

"While transporting Jesse to the jail, he repeatedly apologized for his actions. Jesse could offer no explanation for his behavior and at one point even denied having been inside Scott and Jodi's home," the deputy wrote.

About 10 minutes before the 9-1-1 call, Murr fled his home after a domestic dispute, Sigsworth said.

"Nobody was injured. There was an indication someone was pushed by Mr. Murr," the sheriff said.

Deputies weren't able to find the suspect upon responding to the domestic dispute complaint, which involved two female relatives.

"They indicated they didn't want charges filed," Sigsworth said.

The women, during the burglary investigation, told deputies they want Murr to get help for his alcohol-related issues, he said. Sigsworth also said deputies have responded to Murr's house in the past about incidents in which alcohol was a factor.

Deputies reported detecting "a very strong odor of intoxicating beverages coming from on or about his person" as they spoke to Murr on Thursday.

Stith and his wife couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.

Comments

Yall Make Me Sick

WOW! The nerve of some people!

wow-stupidity

He did not intend to break into this home. He thought it was his house. He walked around he knocked on all the windows he simply was to drunk to realize it wasnt his house. Not saying it was right either way just making it clear it was not his intention to rob or hurt anyone. He needs help with his drinking problem and hopefully he will get the help he needs

rickross2

lmao......your name says it all!!!

OVER_LOAD

rickross2: you sure do got that right their name is 100% right on.

Yall Make Me Sick

Ha I agree with you! The name does say it all. He didn't mean to? O it was an accident. I'm sure the judge has heard that before.

arnmcrmn

Wow, you really are stupid....name says it all.

marshall96

Yeah I always smash in my own window...

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swiss cheese kat

Ex-Marine? No such thing. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Cliff Cannon

@ Swiss cheese kat: So true

sweetniblets

Murr is very lucky that this homeowner showed restraint and used his head. After being awakened from sleep and thinking that his family was in danger this home owner certainly made the right decision to defend his home and family.
Murr should be very thankful that he's alive and able to be sorry about what happened.
Hooah

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swiss cheese kat

He immediately recognized him as his neighbor.

tadpole

I'd have shot him. Ooops, sorry neighbor but this my house.

starryeyes83

That 911 call on SR site says it all!! If they still have it up, I suggest a good listen .. CLASSIC!! Glad no one got hurt and Mr. STith used caution.... but man, he had every right to blow this twank to smithereens.

JIMBO2

Drunk and stupid..A hard way to go through life, which almost ended in The Stith kitchen.

bopper117

my marine nieces and nephews told me their is never an ex marine semper fi ,im sure if my bro was still alive he would agree.once that is instilled in u you react...i keep a 12 gauge rite by bedroom door im not a marine but i better not have 2 use but just in case hit the floor

Paranoid Illusion

How can you tell when an alcoholic is lying? His lips are moving.
BAZINGA!

deertracker

I agree with wow and I am not stupid. Yes, this guy is very lucky to be alive thanks to the marine. I applaud him and the drunk's family needs to get him some help pronto! Those on here who play the bad ass role are just playing. You really don't know how you would react if you were in the same situation. The marine did not want to kill a family member which is very smart and he definitely could not kill the guy with 911 on the line.

starryeyes83

Why not? the young mother Sarah Mc Kinley blew away a an invader while she was still on the line with 911 on New years eve in OK .. I think the line was still open she was asking permission to shoot him if he came through the door. It's still online somewhere.. The dispatcher said " do what you have to to protect your baby" .. I don't think Mrs Mc Kinley had time to hang up

deertracker

DUH! He came at her with a knife!

starryeyes83

Well, duh, then clarify your comment about 911.

allieboxx1

That is hilarious! I wish we could see more of this, at least for those who don't practice their own preventative home security strategies already with guns and dogs and what not. New reality show idea: Get a notoriously burglarized street and put an MMA fighter into each house. Whomever can get their house to be burglarized and have the burglar get KO'd by the MMA fighter wins $10,000. Gold.