A homeowner in the 18000 block of U.S. Highway 52, Metamora, earned an assist in the arrest of a possible home invader the morning of Thursday, March 25.

Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of someone walking on the roof of the residence at 6:54 a.m. Deputies learned that the homeowner detained the individual until officers could arrive on scene. James D. Phillips, 31, US 52 in Metamora, was then taken into custody and booked into Franklin County Security Center on a preliminary charge of Criminal Trespass, a Class A Misdemeanor. If convicted, Phillips could face up to a year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.

By the end of the day on the 25th, Phillips was also facing another charge of Criminal Trespass (Class A Misdemeanor) as well as a charge of Driving While Suspended with a prior suspension within the last 10 years (Class A Misdemeanor). Current cash bonds connected to these charges total $3,110.
The investigation is ongoing. FCSD asks that anyone with further information about the incident or other suspicious activity in the Metamora area should contact the department at 765-647-4138.

“The investigating officer may have found additional evidence to charge through further investigation,” said Deputy Jason Lovins, a spokesman for FCSD.

In addition, Phillips was booked into the security center early on the morning of March 20 after being arrested by Deputy Dylan Enzinger in Metamora; he was preliminarily charged with Residential Entry, a Level 6 Felony, and given a cash bond of $1,055. FCSD confirmed that he posted bond on this arrest before the March 25 incident.

“We are looking into whether this person is connected with any other incidents in the area,” Lovins added.

Although not confirmed to be related, homeowners in the village reported attempted break-ins in the overnight hours of Friday, March 5.

The sheriff's department emphasizes that Phillips' preliminary charges are for booking and bail purposes only and Phillips should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Once the investigation is complete, deputies will forward their findings to Franklin County Prosecutor Chris Huerkamp for consideration of formal charges.