Man arrested in Shell Knob home invasion
18-year-old allegedly steals rum, flashlight from neighbors
A couple living in Shell Knob recently awoke to an intruder in their home, and detectives with the Barry County Sheriff's Office believe they have apprehended the man responsible.
Randon James Hillhouse, 18, who lives close to the residence, has been charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the home and attempting to steal a bottle of rum and a flashlight.
On Sept. 18, at approximately 11:58 p.m., Cpl. Kerry Headrick with the Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to St. Johns Wood Lane in Shell Knob.
Upon arrival, he met with the female complainant who said she and her husband were asleep and had heard a noise in the kitchen.
She said her husband went down the hallway to investigate and found the intruder in the kitchen. He then proceeded to chase the man, who got his leg caught in the door while he was fleeing the residence. The husband then jumped in his truck to see if he could chase down the intruder.
Upon arrival back at the residence, the husband told Headrick that he believed the intruder was a male subject approximately 16-17 years of age, wearing shorts and a white hooded sweatshirt.
The intruder had allegedly tried to take a bottle of rum, which was located on the kitchen counter, and had entered the owners' 2013 Ford F150 Pickup, allegedly taking a flashlight.
On Sept. 19, Detective Terry Meek and Deputy Chris Hutson received information that the intruder was possibly a teenage neighbor.
Meek and Hutson interviewed Hillhouse, who happens to live close to the incident location.
Hillhouse denied any involvement in the burglary and agreed to take a polygraph, and on Thursday, Meek met with Hillhouse again to administer the polygraph. Hillhouse then allegedly said he was not being honest at first, and he was the one who had entered the home.
Hillhouse was arrested and is currently being held in the Barry County Jail. He has been charged with first-degree burglary, and has a $10,000, cash-only bond.